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Why do I need more than a will in my estate plan?

Creating a will is an important step every person can take to protect their assets and document their wishes for distribution. However, too many people make the mistake of thinking that a will is all they need for a solid estate plan. 

In reality, there are a number of different planning tools that can be used in conjunction with a will. The various options can provide people with wider protection and the ability to make specific choices that ensure their wishes are intact, even when they cannot express them.

Can loved ones challenge the executor of an estate?

Naming the executor of an estate, or personal representative, is not a decision people should make lightly. This role comes with considerable responsibility and legal obligations, and it is not unusual for this person to be at odds with the other people affected by an estate plan.

Choosing someone who is not a good fit for the position can lead to unfortunate fights that make an already difficult situation even worse. Further, it could lead to legal action to seek the removal of the executor of an estate, especially under the following circumstances.

Virtual currency can create very real problems for heirs

In a previous post on this blog, we discussed the importance of making a will accessible so that the process of administering an estate can be easier and faster. In that post, which can be read in full here, we note that lack of accessibility is one of the major obstacles to administering an estate in accordance with a person's wishes.

However, accessibility challenges don't end with a will. Probate can also become very complicated and lengthy if you do not grant access to your assets. One specific type of asset to think about these days in terms of accessibility is cryptocurrency.

Legal guidance crucial when boundary disputes cross the line

People often say that good fences make good neighbors, meaning that clear, enforceable boundaries between neighbors can prevent a number of contentious disputes.

However, boundary disputes can happen regardless of whether someone puts up a fence. In fact, sometimes the fence is the problem. If you and a neighbor are fighting over property lines and boundaries, then you may want to seriously consider discussing your situation with an attorney. Doing so can help you avoid or resolve a number of issues like those we discuss below.

3 estate planning steps to take if you remarry

Divorce and remarriage is no longer an unusual occurrence. In fact, countless families across Florida are comprised of remarried parents who share children and stepchildren. For many people, this is the very picture of happiness.

In the context of estate planning, however, the blended nature of families can present some obstacles. As this article on stepparents and estate plans discusses, more than half of the active cases regarding disputed estates involve stepparents and stepchildren. As such, you would be wise to take a few critical steps to protect your wishes and your family if you remarry and have stepchildren.

How estate planning and a Super Bowl halftime show are connected

Millions of people tuned in to watch the Super Bowl last weekend. Some watched for the commercials, others watched for the game. But many people watched just for the halftime show.

Whether you were a fan of this year's performance or not, it did bring up an unusual topic people typically don't think about during a football game or Justin Timberlake concert: estate planning. 

3 critical roles an attorney can fill during probate

Consulting an attorney after the loss of a loved one may seem unnecessary, especially if the person left a will and had a traditional estate. However, securing legal counsel can make a big difference in the lives of those affected by the loss.

In fact, an attorney can be much more than a legal representative. 

Three questions to ask before choosing a personal representative

Many people understand the importance of having a comprehensive estate plan to address vital aspects of their lives. Individuals often realize that they need to create, for instance, a will or power of attorney to ensure their wishes are carried out when the time comes.

However, naming a personal representative is often a commonly overlooked element of an estate plan.

What can I do about a construction lien on my property?

Home repairs and renovations can be a major headache for homeowners. To make matters worse, you could wind up paying more than should or even losing your property if a supplier or subcontractor involved in the work places a lien against your home.

This is a construction lien, or mechanic's lien. In accordance with Florida laws, it allows parties who have performed a service or supplied work for an improved property to place a lien against the house if they are not paid. This can be extremely frightening and upsetting, especially if you already paid a general contractor but he or she failed to pay the subcontractor or supplier. However, there are steps you can take to resolve these liens.

What happens if I don't create an estate plan?

There are a number of reasons why every adult should have an estate plan, and we have discussed many of these reasons in previous posts on this blog. Broadly speaking, an estate plan gives you control over your care and the distribution of your assets.

However, if you still are not convinced that an estate plan can benefit you and your loved ones, it could be helpful to understand what happens if you do not have certain critical elements of an estate plan in place.


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