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December 2019 Archives

Forbes: SECURE Act might require you to change your estate plan

The SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019) is about to make significant changes to IRAs and certain retirement benefits. So if you have an IRA, it is important to sit down with your Brevard County estate planning attorney and discuss possible changes to your plans.

How can I contest a loved one's trust?

Learning that you are not entitled to a significant portion of a loved one's estate after they pass away can create an additional upset in a time of mourning and grief. There can be situations in which an heir to a deceased person's estate believes that a trust was created that should be considered invalid or unjust. If this is the case in your situation, you may want to consider contesting the trust.

"Knives Out": an enjoyable movie about estate planning

The list of stars in the surprise hit murder mystery "Knives Out" is impressive, including Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Frank Oz, Christopher Plummer and others who appeal to moviegoers of a certain age. Critics, too, have lavished praise on the fun, engaging whodunit.

Telling your kids that they’re not inheriting your estate

It wasn’t that long ago that most households in Brevard County started their days by reading the newspaper that arrived on their doorsteps each morning. Of course, the internet has changed all of that. Though you might not get USA Today or your other favorite paper as you once did, the publications still provide much-needed information.

What is the purpose of the probate process?

When a loved one dies, there are a lot of things that you have to handle. The most immediate for many people is setting up the person's final arrangements. This entails planning the funeral and getting the burial or cremation taken care of. You also have to think about handling the estate. This is done through the probate process.

Big estate-planning change coming to Florida law

We are in the last days of 2019, so brace yourself for the annual media tradition of looking back at the biggest stories, tragedies and surprises of the year. While those kinds of articles can be useful and even entertaining, our goal in this installation of our Brevard County legal blog is to look ahead a big change in Florida law that is just days away.

Have a good day – and much more

Everyone wants to have a good day, and at the beginning of the year, everyone wanted to have a good 2019. We all want more than that, however. People want a good retirement and a good, long life. But many people stop there, when in reality they can have more, including a good end of life.

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