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IS ESTATE PLANNING HELPFUL BEFORE A SURGERY?

Yes, estate planning is helpful before a surgery. I should know as I recently had to go under anesthesia and go through a surgery and I had peace of mind knowing that my estate planning was complete. As the Miami Beach Estate Planning attorney that I am, I took it steps further as I do with my clients, and letters to my children and husband and instructions regarding life insurance and assets were in a known discussed location. 

CAN ESTATE PLANNING GIVE ME PEACE OF MIND?

Yes, estate planning if done properly, has so many benefits including peace of mind. Estate planning included creating a set of documents that spell out and explain your specific wishes regarding health care or termination of health care, and details regarding your assets and personal items. The more assets you have, the more detailed the plan. Estate planning also allows for all assets to be transferred at death without the need for probate court involvement, if done properly. 

WHY DO I WANT TO AVOID PROBATE? WHAT IS PROBATE?

At Ally M. Glaser, PA we assist with probates in both Miami-Dade and Broward County; both courts are overworked and there are unavoidable time delays. Probate is the name for the court process where loved ones must hire an attorney and prove they should receive the money and real estate either by will or no will; yes, even with a will, probate court is required. Why would you want to wait for assets that are rightly yours? Good estate planning saves you time, money, and keeps everything private. 

IS THERE ANY WAY TO AVOID PROBATE COURT?

In addition to proper estate planning, there are other ways to avoid probate court involvement in both Miami-Dade and Broward County. For example, a person with a few simple assets could put everything in joint name with their adult child or loved one, but this could lead to other problems. Another way, is to put paid on death beneficiary on a bank account, but this could have many complications. Some assets, such as financial investments accounts and real estate, do not allow for this paid on death beneficiary. Thus, it is always best to do a proper estate plan with a properly funded revocable trust, and protect yourself and your loved ones from both guardianship court and probate court. 

WHY SHOULD YOU USE ALLY GLASER, PA TO HANDLE YOUR WILLS AND TRUSTS, ESTATE PLANNING IN MIAMI BEACH, TRUST ADMINISTRATION, AND MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD PROBATE MATTERS?

As a Miami Beach Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, and Probate Attorney with over twenty years of experience and both a Psychology and Law degree, I handle these matters with care and sensitivity. I am familiar and comfortable with both the Miami-Dade and Broward County probate court system and know how to get things done. Call or email me today to discuss your Miami Beach Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, and Broward or Miami-Dade County Probate matters.  

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PREVENTING A GUARDIANSHIP WITH ESTATE PLANNING

HOW CAN GUARDIANSHIP COURT INVOLVEMENT BE PREVENTED?

I received a sad call where a kind neighbor was trying to assist a sister who was mourning the loss of her sister and best friend. He said that the sister owned a house on Miami Beach and began to get extremely forgetful, creating the need for guardianship. When an individual in Miami-Dade or Broward County lacks mental capacity and cannot properly manage their assets, a guardianship is required by the courts. The neighbor was calling for help because the guardianship company was trying to get paid from the assets that the sister needed to pay the mortgage and maintain the house. A properly funded revocable trust could have prevented this guardianship.

CAN ESTATE PLANNING PREVENT A GUARDIANSHIP?

Yes, properly funded revocable trusts and proper estate planning documents can prevent a guardianship. A guardianship is a costly process that takes money away from the intended beneficiaries. While a person is alive and competent, a revocable trust can be created allowing the family privacy, and avoiding the need for a public probate process or a court directed guardianship process in the case of incapacity. In the situation above, if estate planning had been completed while the sister was competent, the house, bank accounts, and investments could have been placed into a revocable trust and the other sister could have been designated the successor trustee allowing all financial situations to continue as planned; preventing the need for both the guardianship, during the sister’s incapacity, and the probate court case that was required once the sister passed away. 

IS ESTATE PLANNING IN MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA ONLY FOR RICH PEOPLE?

No, estate planning is for everyone with assets and loved ones that they want to protect. Basic estate planning includes health care documents, a limited or general power of attorney, a pour over will and a revocable trust. These documents if done properly can protect you and your loved ones from the hassles of both probate court and guardianship court involvement. Good estate planning saves you time, money, and keeps everything private. 

WHY SHOULD YOU USE ALLY GLASER, PA TO HANDLE YOUR WILLS AND TRUSTS, ESTATE PLANNING IN MIAMI BEACH, TRUST ADMINISTRATION, AND MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD PROBATE MATTERS?

As a Miami Beach, Florida, Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, and Probate Attorney with over twenty years of experience and both a Psychology and Law degree, I handle these matters with care and sensitivity. I am familiar and comfortable with both the Miami-Dade and Broward County probate court system and know how to get things done. Call or email me today to discuss your Miami Beach Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, and Broward or Miami-Dade County Probate matters.  I am happy to help you and your loved ones.  

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WHY DO YOU NEED ESTATE PLANNING?

I received a call where an aging mother passed away, leaving her five adult children and live in boyfriend to fight amongst themselves. There are many problems in this specific case. The first is her will stated the boyfriend can live in the house for life, but the boyfriend does not have the money to continue to live in the house so the children are now covering the costs to maintain their future real estate. Second, the children are all fighting about how to proceed and handle these bills. Thirdly, the children had to pay for the funeral which could have been avoided with prepaid burial or cremation. All of these problems could have been prevented with proper estate planning.

WHAT CAN ESTATE PLANNING  DO FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES?

Estate planning is a choice. By doing estate planning in Miami Beach, Florida, you save your loved ones from having to make many difficult decisions that you could have made while alive and competent. You can also save money and time spent tied up in the Miami- Dade probate court process by doing a revocable trust now, preventing the need for both guardianship (if ever you become incapacitated) and probate court proceedings later to file either a will or paperwork related to intestacy, which means no will. Also, the specifics of your private wishes can be detailed in a trust created by an estate planning attorney and handled privately upon your death or incapacity. 

WHAT IF MOM HAD DONE  ESTATE PLANNING IN MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA?

If the mother in the scenario above had done estate planning with me and created a revocable trust, the house would have been owned by the trust and there would be a bank account owned by the trust whereby household bills and expenses are paid even after death. Furthermore, the boyfriend’s living arrangement would be very detailed and then go to the kids upon him either moving out, moving into a nursing home (he’s over 90), or passing away. Thus, a revocable trust keeps the assets maintained and structured to avoid confusion and fighting. A will is not enough in most cases; a revocable trust and a will help to better protect both the individual and the loved ones. A revocable trust is private and a will or no will must be handled in the Miami-Dade or Broward probate court system, which causes more delays in the transfer of property as everything in probate court must be approved by a Judge. 

IS ESTATE PLANNING JUST A WILL AND REVOCABLE TRUST?

No, estate planning also includes health care documents that can be used by your loved ones if you are not capable of making these decisions for yourself. These health care documents detail who is in charge of making these decisions and your wishes regarding your care in different scenarios. Aside from the two health care documents, a limited or general power of attorney is recommended for financial matters that may arise. 

WHY SHOULD YOU USE ALLY GLASER, PA TO HANDLE YOUR WILLS AND TRUSTS, ESTATE PLANNING IN MIAMI BEACH, TRUST ADMINISTRATION, AND MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD PROBATE MATTERS?

As a Miami Beach, Florida, Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, and Probate Attorney with over twenty years of experience and both a Psychology and Law degree, I handle these matters with care and sensitivity. I am familiar and comfortable with both the Miami-Dade and Broward County probate court system and know how to get things done. My experience on both the probate and estate planning side enhances my knowledge and allows me to assist my clients more thoroughly. Call or email me today to discuss your Miami Beach Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, and Broward or Miami-Dade County Probate matters. 

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CAN I SELL MY DECEASED PARENT’S HOUSE?

CAN I SELL MY PARENTS HOUSE NOW THAT THEY ARE BOTH DECEASED?

The answer is it depends. If the house/apartment is in one parent’s name alone and they passed away or the house/apartment is in both of your parent’s names and they both passed away; then no, you cannot sell it and probate must be done.  An attorney must be hired and the probate process begins. I received a call this week from a daughter trying to sell her father’s house. I was referred to her by her real estate attorney, who knew that nothing could be done unless the probate court either approved the sale or declared the real estate homestead, thus, passing the property directly to the children. The problem in this case was the daughter wanted all of the money from the sale and she had a brother. Thus, either elect homestead status and avoid creditors and share the sale proceeds with your sibling; or petition the court to approve the sale of real estate and distribute the sales proceeds by her father’s will giving everything to his daughter and nothing to his son, but receive no homestead creditor benefit and thus, the sales proceeds are subject to creditors, if any.  

WHAT IS HOMESTEAD IN MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD COUNTY?

To elect homestead or not to elect homestead is an easy choice for most people. Homestead is a special Florida bonus that benefits people who choose to live here and make Florida their state of residency. Individuals or couples can apply for homestead at the property appraisal’s office in the county in which they live or do so online. The application usually requires proof of address for voter’s registration, vehicle registration, and Florida driver’s license and all three are checked to make sure they match the home address in which the person applies for the homestead exemption. Once the application for homestead is accepted, the homeowner’s receive tax benefits and slower increases on future property taxes. In Miami-Dade County, the website is http://www.miamidade.gov/pa/exemptions.asp.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HOMESTEAD AND HOW IS MIAMI-DADE PROBATE EFFECTED BY THE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION?

Aside from the tax benefits during the homeowner’s life, if they are still living in that property and it constitutes their homestead, there are further benefits at the time of death. Exempt homestead real estate may pass to a spouse or lineal descendants outside of probate and is usually exempt from creditors. Of course, a probate attorney must be hired and assist in this process. Once hired, the probate attorney may petition the court to determine homestead. 

CAN I STILL KEEP HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION IN DADE OR BROWARD COUNTY IF I MOVE MY REAL ESTATE INTO A REVOCABLE TRUST? 

Yes, you can maintain the homestead exemption with a revocable trust. Estate planning and using a  revocable trust would have helped the daughter in the story above by allowing the house to pass directly to her at her father’s death, with no need for probate court involvement; saving her privacy, time, and money. Estate planning using revocable trusts are a great solution and if funded properly, avoid the need for both guardianship and probate court.

WHY SHOULD YOU USE ALLY GLASER, PA TO HANDLE YOUR WILLS AND TRUSTS, ESTATE PLANNING IN MIAMI BEACH, TRUST ADMINISTRATION, AND MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD PROBATE MATTERS?

As a Miami Beach Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, and Probate Attorney with over twenty years of experience and both a Psychology and Law degree, I handle these matters with care and sensitivity. I am familiar and comfortable with both the Broward County and Miami-Dade probate court system and know how to get things done. Call or email me today to discuss your Miami Beach Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, and Broward or Miami-Dade County Probate matters.  I am happy to help you and your loved ones.

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FAMILY FEUDS AND POWERS OF ATTORNEY

WHY ARE THERE SO MANY FAMILY FEUDS WITH POWERS OF ATTORNEY?

A Durable Power of Attorney is a legal document used to transfer assets when the owner of real estate, bank accounts, investments, and other assets, is alive yet incapacitated. A Durable Power of Attorney ends at the death of the owner and cannot be used to transfer assets after death. I have received many calls where siblings are fighting because one adult child moved the decedent/owner’s assets with a Power of Attorney document and did not tell the other sibling. This situation can be prevented with proper estate planning. 

WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT A POWER OF ATTORNEY?

A Durable Power of Attorney is a useful document and can help families when used correctly. Recently, an attorney friend called and said her husband’s mother was in the hospital and lost her memory and asked if the Durable Power of Attorney previously signed could be used to transfer assets and avoid probate. The husband, being an only child and the sole Durable Power of Attorney, properly moved assets from his widowed mother’s name to his name, thus avoiding Probate court involvement in Miami-Dade County. If he had other siblings, this would not have been the best option and proper wills and trusts and estate planning would be required to prevent probate court involvement. 

ESTATE PLANNING WORKS BEST IF YOU PLAN AHEAD 

In the example above, the family was lucky and everything worked out with the Durable Power of Attorney, but in other cases this would not work. In most cases, proper estate planning documents must be created to transfer assets, such as real estate, bank accounts, business shares, and investments to a revocable trust. Also, a Durable Power of Attorney covers incapacity, but a regular Power of Attorney does not. In most cases, a more protective Limited Power of Attorney works better in combination with other estate planning documents, allowing assets to be transferred to a revocable trust instead of the appointed individual having the ability to transfer assets as they choose; preventing the possibility for theft and elder abuse. 

SHOULD WE USE FREE ESTATE PLANNING FORMS ON THE INTERNET?

No, using estate planning forms that are free or offered at nominal costs over the internet are not the best option. Just like you would go to your doctor if you had a heart problem or any other medical matters, hiring a professional is important and choosing the right attorney for you is even more important. 

WHY SHOULD YOU USE ALLY GLASER, PA TO HANDLE YOUR WILLS AND TRUSTS, ESTATE PLANNING IN MIAMI BEACH, TRUST ADMINISTRATION, AND MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD PROBATE MATTERS?

As a Miami Beach, Florida, Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, and Probate Attorney with over twenty years of experience and both a Psychology and Law degree, I handle these matters with care and sensitivity. I am familiar and comfortable with both the Miami-Dade and Broward County probate court system and know how to get things done. Call or email me today to discuss your Miami Beach Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, and Broward or Miami-Dade County Probate matters.  I am happy to help you and your loved ones.

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HOW LONG DOES MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD COUNTY PROBATE CASES TAKE TO COMPLETE?

HOW LONG DOES PROBATE COURT TAKE IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AND BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA?

Probate in both Miami-Dade and Broward county is taking on average four to six weeks or longer to get opened once all of the papers are filed. Then if the person died less than two years ago, a notice to creditor is required, that is an additional three months of waiting to see if any creditors file claims. The waiting continues as the files are reviewed taking many months or a year for seemingly simple probates. To avoid the long waits, I recommend planning ahead and either doing a revocable trust with proper funding or making sure all assets have paid on death beneficiaries in less complicated situations. My most recent probate just completed in eight months and was fairly simple with only one bank account. The entire case could have been prevented with a paid- on death beneficiary on the bank account. 

WHAT IS A PAID ON DEATH BENEFICIARY ?

A paid- on death beneficiary is a person named to receive the asset should the owner pass away. In my example above of my avoidable probate with only one bank account, the owner simply could have told his bank to put his sister and given her name and information and she could have received the money with proper identification and a certified death certificate. Instead, we began the Miami-Dade probate process, by filing her brother’s will and publishing the notice to creditors to see if any existed.  The process ended eight months later with her getting the same check she would have gotten had he put her name as a paid-on death beneficiary. 

DOES ESTATE PLANNING IN MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA PREVENT A MIAMI-DADE PROBATE? IF I OWN REAL ESTATE DO I NEED A REVOCABLE TRUST?

Revocable trusts are part of estate planning tools and can be very useful when real estate and businesses are owned. By creating a revocable trust and properly putting assets inside the trust, you can prevent probate court involvement. Revocable trusts may also be used to prevent guardianships, if needed. 

DOES ESTATE PLANNING IN MIAMI BEACH PREVENT FIGHTING AMONG FAMILY MEMBERS?

Estate planning can definitely prevent fighting. By clearly stating the owner’s wishes and funding everything according to the plan, peaceful resolution is available. Please contact mewith your Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, and Broward or Miami-Dade County Probate matters.  I am happy to help you and your loved ones.

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DOES ESTATE PLANNING SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY?

DOES ESTATE PLANNING IN MIAMI BEACH SAVE YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES TIME AND MONEY?

Yes, estate planning at Ally Glaser, P.A. definitely saves you and your loved ones both time and money. I received a call where a seventy-year old man has a girlfriend who lives with him and he supports. He also has four adult children from a previous marriage, and a bunch of assets and businesses. He is under the 2019 estate tax exemption; which is 11.4 million for a single person and 22.8 million for a married couple. Thus, he may not need tax planning at this moment and he can definitely benefit from estate planning. 

AT ALLY GLASER, PA., HOW DOES ESTATE PLANNING IN MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA BEGIN?

At Ally Glaser, PA, the planning begins with a free introductory phone call so we can get to know each other and establish exactly what needs to be done. At the end of the informational call if we both want to move forward, I send an email with my estate planning questionnaire and the future client completes this as best as they can and we set up our first meeting to officially get started and strategize regarding their specific needs.

IS ESTATE PLANNING DIFFICULT?

No, the most difficult part of estate planning is knowing that we will all pass away at some point. Once that is dealt with, the planning process is relatively easy assuming you know what you want.  In the example above, I would create a revocable trust, pour over will, health care surrogate, health care directive, and power of attorney. I will also create additional documents to assist in funding the trust. For example, moving his businesses and homestead to trust ownership rather than remaining individually owned so his loved ones can avoid probate court involvement. I will also implement a strategic plan where the adult kids and the girlfriend are provided for and hopefully, happy in the end. 

DOES ESTATE PLANNING PREVENT PROBATE IN BOTH MIAMI- DADE COUNTY AND BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA?

Yes, if done correctly, estate planning can prevent probate court involvement from being needed. Thus, the loved ones, minor children, grown children and spouses or girlfriends or boyfriends can have an easier time handling their loved one’s passing. With estate planning, the family deals with the assets privately. With probate court, all matters must be approved by a Judge. 

Please contact me with your Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, and Broward or Miami-Dade County Probate matters.  I am happy to help you and your loved ones.

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WHY WOULD WE HAVE A DOUBLE PROBATE COURT REQUIREMENT?

WHY WOULD WE HAVE A DOUBLE PROBATE IN MIAMI-DADE OR BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA?

I received a call where the grandmother and grandfather, owning everything jointly, passed away, leaving everything to their only child by will. Many years passed and nothing was done regarding probate court, hiring a Miami-Dade or Probate Attorney, nor transferring these real estate assets; then the daughter, an only child passed away too. Now her two sons need to hire a Miami-Dade Probate Attorney and do two probates at the same time; creating double the work. This is complicated by searching for documents that are very old and very necessary.

AT ALLY GLASER, PA., WHAT IS INVOLVED IN OPENING A MIAMI-DADE OR BROWARD COUNTY PROBATE CASE?

At Ally Glaser, PA, we do both Dade and Broward Probates with over twenty- years of experience and ease and familiarity. I love probate cases, but they do take time and money which could have been prevented with good estate planning. 

IS PROBATE IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY OR BROWARD COUNTY SIMPLE?

No, Probate Court involvement in both Broward and Miami-Dade County are not simple. The courts are overcrowded as many elderly people retire and die in Florida. This leads to more delays for probate administrations to be completed. In addition, because of the increased number of fraudulent claims to estates, both courts have increased their requirements and documents, thus making the process more complicated. 

DOES ESTATE PLANNING PREVENT PROBATE IN BOTH MIAMI- DADE COUNTY AND BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA?

Yes, if done correctly, estate planning can prevent probate court involvement from being needed. Thus, the loved ones, minor children, grown children and spouses with separate assets can have an easier time handling their mother’s, father’s, or loved one’s passing. With estate planning, the family deals with the assets privately. With probate court, all matters must be approved by a Judge. 

WHY SHOULD YOU USE ALLY GLASER, PA TO HANDLE YOUR WILLS AND TRUSTS, ESTATE PLANNING, TRUST ADMINISTRATION, AND MIAMI PROBATE MATTERS?

As a Miami Beach, Florida, Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, and Probate Attorney, I have over twenty years of experience and handle these matters with care. I am familiar and comfortable with both the Miami-Dade and Broward County probate court system and know how to get things done. My unique approach to estate planning, probate, and trust administration, allows the family and loved ones to work together peacefully even in the most difficult situations. Call or email me today to discuss your Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, and Broward or Miami-Dade County Probate matters.  I am happy to help you and your loved ones.

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ADULT CHILDREN AND ESTATE PLANNING IN MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA

AI received calls recently by single, divorced, and widowed parents, many with grown children, asking me if they needed estate planning. I always say it is important to have estate planning as it provides peace of mind for you and your loved ones in the case of incapacity, forgetfulness, and death. 

AT ALLY GLASER, PA., WHAT IS INVOLVED IN ESTATE PLANNING? IS IT MORE THAN WILLS AND TRUSTS?

Basic estate planning begins with health care documents, including a living will, a power of attorney, and a will and revocable trust. Additionally, I recommend a letter written to the loved ones, especially their children whether young or grown adults stating their wishes in their own natural way. I also recommend that all bank and retirement accounts, and life insurance policies be checked to confirm the beneficiaries are in order and stated clearly. I have found many situations where the beneficiaries were left blank or incomplete, or worse, an x-spouse was the beneficiary from a very long time ago. 

I HAVE ADULT CHILDREN, DO I STILL NEED ESTATE PLANNING?

The ages of your children are not a factor in determining whether you need estate planning or not. Young parents with real estate and assets benefit from estate planning, and also single, divorced, and widowed parents may also benefit from estate planning. Married couples also benefit from estate planning. Do you have wishes regarding who gets what if you should pass away? If the answer to this is also yes, you too need estate planning. 

IF PROBATE IN MIAMI IS SIMPLE, WHY DO I NEED ESTATE PLANNING?

Probate in both Broward and Miami-Dade County are not simple. The courts are overcrowded as many elderly people retire and die in Florida. This leads to longer wait times for probate administrations to be completed. A simple estate plan may prevent a probate. 

DOES ESTATE PLANNING PREVENT PROBATE?

Yes, if done correctly, estate planning can prevent probate court involvement from being needed. Thus, the loved ones or adult children as we spoke about earlier, can have an easier time handling their mother’s, father’s, or loved one’s passing. With estate planning, the family deals with the assets privately. With probate court, all matters must be approved by a Judge. 

WHY SHOULD YOU USE ALLY GLASER, PA TO HANDLE YOUR WILLS AND TRUSTS, ESTATE PLANNING , TRUST ADMINISTRATION, AND MIAMI PROBATE MATTERS?

As a Miami Beach, Florida, Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, and Probate Attorney, I have over twenty years of experience and handle these matters with care. I am familiar and comfortable with both the Miami-Dade and Broward County probate court system and know how to get things done. My unique approach to estate planning, probate, and trust administration, allows the family and loved ones to work together peacefully even in the most difficult situations. Call or email me today to discuss your Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Trust Administration, and Broward or Miami-Dade County Probate matters.  I am happy to help you and your loved ones.

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ESTATE PLANNING AND VOTING IN MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA

WHAT DO VOTING IN MIAMI BEACH AND ESTATE PLANNING IN MIAMI BEACH HAVE IN COMMON?

A big voting day occurred in Miami Beach, Florida and all over the United States a couple weeks ago. People are expressing their choices and getting out to make a difference. I voted and it felt great!

Other countries are not like ours and have many more restrictions. For example, in December of 2015, Saudi Arabia lifted their ban allowing women to vote and just this year, in 2018, they are finally allowing women to get driver’s licenses. Estate planning is similar to voting, because when creating an estate plan, an individual is exercising their free will and stating their preferences.

WHAT IS ESTATE PLANNING IN MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA?

Estate planning consists of health care documents, including a living will, a power of attorney, and a will and revocable trust. There can be more documents, but these five documents make up a basic estate plan.  In addition to these five documents, there may be other documents depending on the circumstances of each specific case.

DO I NEED TO BE A CERTAIN AGE TO DO ESTATE PLANNING?

Age is not a factor in determining whether you need estate planning or not. Young parents with real estate and assets should do estate planning, but they are usually unsure when to do it. The best time is now so you may sleep peacefully, knowing your wishes will be honored and your loved ones taken care of. Estate planning is needed when you have loved ones and assets (real estate, investments, bank accounts).  Do you have minor children, loved ones, or relatives dependent on you for financial support?  If the answer is yes, estate planning is needed to protect these loved ones. Do you have wishes regarding who gets what if you should pass away? If the answer to this is also yes, you too need estate planning.

WHAT IS THE FLORIDA INTESTACY STATUTE AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT ME?

If a will does not exist, the Florida intestacy statute takes over. In most cases, this is not as the person intended. For example, my new client wants his nieces and nephews to get his real estate and money, but his mother, who is 93 years of age, would inherit everything if he does not do his will. In this example, he will also have a revocable trust created to protect him from incapacity and the nieces and nephews from inheriting too soon.

WHY SHOULD YOU USE ALLY GLASER, PA TO HANDLE YOUR WILLS, TRUST, ESTATE PLANNING AND MIAMI PROBATE MATTERS?

As a Miami Beach, Florida, Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, and Probate Attorney, I have over twenty years of experience and handle these matters with care. I am familiar and comfortable with the Miami-Dade County probate court system and know how to get things done. My unique approach to estate planning, probate, and trust administration, allows the family and loved ones to work together peacefully even in the most difficult situations. Call or email me today to discuss your Estate Planning, Wills, Trust, or Miami-Dade County probate matter.