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Four Estate Planning Tips For Long-Term Couples Who Are Cohabitating In Florida

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

A growing share of American couples are cohabitating in long-term relationships without getting married. Indeed, the Pew Research Center reports that 6 in 10 Americans surveyed have lived with a long-term romantic partner outside of marriage. For long-term cohabitating couples, estate planning can be a unique challenge. There are specialized strategies that these couples… Read More »

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Adult Guardianships In Florida: Understanding The Less Restrictive Alternatives

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

There may come a time when a person is unable to manage their own financial and legal affairs. Incapacity can put a tremendous hardship on both the vulnerable person and their family. An adult guardianship is a legal tool that helps to ensure that vulnerable people get the protection that they need. At the… Read More »

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Creating An Estate Plan “Blueprint”

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

Thinking about what happens after we die – and what happens to what we leave behind – is one of life’s toughest challenges. Taking those steps and setting up an estate plan requires patience, strength, and strategy. This is a big challenge for many people – only 46% of Americans have a will describing… Read More »

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Accounting For Inflation Concerns In Estate Planning

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

Rising inflation continues to affect economies in the United States and worldwide, with U.S. inflation rates at their highest levels since 1982. Consumer prices across the U.S. economy rose 7.5% in early 2022 as global supply chain issues, and other factors continue to wreak havoc on Americans’ pocketbooks. While the growing costs of gas… Read More »

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Estate Planning For Adult Children With Special Needs

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

Effective estate planning means covering various contingencies and ensuring your assets are set up to pass on to heirs efficiently. Sometimes, we list all adult children as sharing equally in the estate. In many others, it can be more complicated. One of these complications involves planning for children with disabilities and special needs. Families… Read More »

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5 Things To Consider When Appointing A Personal Representative For Your Estate

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

As most people know, estate planning generally starts with creating a will. Wills include a person’s wishes, particularly about how their property, assets, and keepsakes are distributed after death. When it comes time to prepare a will, not everybody has thought about a critical aspect – who, exactly, is going to handle the administration… Read More »

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What Is A Lady Bird Deed In Florida, And How Can It Help Your Family?

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

One of the most common concerns for senior homeowners is how to pass that home to their heirs in a way that avoids probate and saves court and taxes for their loved ones. In Florida, one tool available for estate planners is the “Lady Bird Deed,” a unique property deed that allows a grantor… Read More »

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Is A Handwritten Will Valid In Florida?

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

Thinking about the idea of a will, to many, is a complex and even dreaded subject. Because it means dealing with what happens when we die, it can be tough to approach and discuss with our families and advisors. However, creating a will is a task where the alternative – dying without anything in… Read More »

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When And Why To Avoid “Do It Yourself” Estate Planning Services

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

You may have heard about various companies that promise to deliver legal services for a fraction of the cost of full-time attorneys. “Alternative Legal Service Providers” (“ALSPs”) may be advertised on television or sent straight to your email inbox. These offers are enticing because they promise to help you with much-needed tasks such as… Read More »

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5 Common Estate Planning Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

By Strategic Counsel Law Group, L.C. |

Estate planning can be a confusing and challenging process for anyone. This involves setting goals for your well-being – physically and financially – and for your family after you pass on. Adding to the confusion can be the various “dos and don’ts” involved or advice you hear from friends and family. Along with sound… Read More »

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