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A life of grace and wealth comes to an end

She knew how to play the part of a stylish woman of wealth and sophistication. That is likely because Dina Merrill lived the role onscreen and off. The actress who died a few days ago at age 93 was known for a lithe elegance that befitted a career that spanned 5 decades. Merrill had supporting roles in a 1950s Tracy-Hepburn movie, as well as roles in films starring Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Burt Lancaster, Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr.

How do I inventory and distribute my mother’s estate?

If you are the executor or personal representative of your mother's estate, you're probably dealing with a lot of legal responsibilities that you've never encountered before. These responsibilities can be overwhelming and stress-inducing. After all, you want to administer your mother's estate in the way that she wanted, while keeping your fellow family members happy.

Being an executor is so much responsibility: What are my options?

Let's say your father named you as the executor of his estate. Initially, you felt honored, but you've been looking over the estate paperwork, and now you're terrified. This is a lot of work. Your father's estate is complicated, he has a lot of assets to organize, and you don't understand the law very well.

Don't put off peace of mind gained with estate planning

Regular readers of our Brevard County legal blog know that it is important to us to help people do what they can to minimize uncertainty and to secure the future for their families. We understand that few people are eager sit down and plan their estate, but we also know that the benefits of planning far outweigh any discomfort thoughts of death might bring.

Protecting loved ones with special needs through estate planning

We create estate plans to express our wishes for how our personal property should be distributed when we pass. This also includes making sure that the people we care for will be taken care of if we are no longer able to. For special needs children and people who receive supplemental security income (SSI) leaving money or property may have unintended consequences.

Taking care of your furry loved ones in your estate plan

Pets are much more furry companions. They are our loyal friends, sometimes our guides and sometimes our protectors, but always true and always there to cheer us. So it is no wonder that many Brevard County residents want to take care of their pets in their estate planning documents.

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