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The Top 10 “Estate Tune Up” Ideas
You have already written down, and likely forgotten, your New Year’s resolutions at this point in the year. It’s the Summer and you are likely either enjoying a relaxing vacation, or gearing up for that big annual vacation. Or . . . you may be too worried about your finances to even splurge for a vacation because you want to [...]
To Will or Not to Will? The Primary Probate Question
Because we are top probate attorneys in West Palm Beach at Doane & Doane, we get a lot of client questions regarding probate.  Of all the questions that clients ask, however, the Number One question is the age-old query – “What happens if someone dies without a will?”
What is a Personal Representative in a Probate Matter?
Based upon the circumstances, there are a number of people who could have a substantial role to play in the Florida probate process when administering the estate of a deceased person.
The 5 Top Estate Planning Tips for 2019
It is never too soon to starting thinking about planning for our children’s future, for our retirement, and for how we will make sure our children will reap the benefits of our lifetime of hard work.  Accordingly, you should take a moment to take stock of your assets and determine what estate planning strategies you can employ to make sure [...]
I Have a Special Needs Child, How Do I Remain His Guardian?
If you have a special needs child, and he or she is turning 18, then you need to take proactive steps to remain your child’s guardian in the State of Florida.  Normally, a member of the family will make a request to the court.  That request, or petition, is asking the court to determine whether the special needs child who [...]
What is the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax?
There is a bit of a cat-and-mouse aspect to the estate planning game.  Tax policy legislators impose a tax, and then astute estate planners determine how to legally minimize a person’s tax liability within the law.  Then, once legislators see an unintentional loophole being used too often, they close that loophole.  In response, the estate planners find other ways to [...]
Even Without Children, an Estate Plan Is a Smart Move
We tend to think that good, solid estate planning is reserved for those who have children in order to plan for a family’s future. However, even if you do not have children, estate planning is still extremely important. Think about it: do you want your assets handled by the uncle you never saw, or with whom you never got along?
Guardianship in Florida – All the Basics
We do not often like to boast, but when it comes to guardianships in Florida, we at Doane & Doane have a good reason to pat ourselves on the back a little.  That is because firm attorney and partner, Rebecca Doane, founded the Guardianship Education Committee of Palm Beach County back in 1989.   For the next 24 years, until 2013, [...]
What is Ancillary Probate, and How Can I Avoid It?
You have probably heard the term “snowbird” before. It is a person from the northern part of the country who moves to a warmer southern state in the winter. Of course, Florida is the warmer southern state of choice for many, many snowbirds in the United States. People who do “go south for the winter” tend to come to Florida [...]
The Guardianship Accountability Act and the Challenge of Guardianships
In courts throughout the country, it is common for guardians to be appointed to assist with both the personal and financial assets of those who are the most vulnerable in our society.  Whether it is due to illness, age, or disability, guardianship laws are in place so that a guardian can help protect an individual (or organization) from harm when [...]