The words “probate” or “court”, independent of each other, commonly cause anxiety and sometimes, even fear. Those emotions are heightened when you or a loved one is faced with having to go through the probate process after having suffered the loss of someone near and dear. In the event you or a loved one is …
If you’ve delayed getting your estate planning documents together, this year, 2021, is the year to get it done. Think about it. You are stuck in this pandemic which took away your control over so many things. You cannot travel and visit with others as you wish. This entire time can be viewed as a complete time waster, if we do not act to create something of value. How about using 2021 to create the joy of accomplishment?
This is National Estate Planning Awareness Week. As an estate planning attorney, it’s my job every day to educate my community about issues they may face in the future with respect to their assets, family, debt and more, if they do not get their plan in writing.
The very best way to learn anything is to learn examples, especially about what could go wrong. So this week, let’s go over some contingencies to highlight why you should start thinking about your own plan.
Summertime is known as the perfect, relaxing time. Beaches, camping, family vacations and late nights. But unfortunately, 2020 hit us with the unexpected. This year, as we go back to school, teachers are not writing school supply lists…they are writing their own Wills! It is a terribly anxious time for our Florida teachers and out heart goes out to all of them.
The probate process varies state to state and even county to county, in terms of costs, money and the time it takes from start to finish. Usually, the estate must hire an attorney to assist the Personal Representatives in all of the tasks and necessary paperwork. A simple probate takes a few months. If litigation is involved, it may take several years. The average probate may last a year.