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Estate planning after a Florida divorce

In the aftermath of a divorce, it can be difficult to remember all the things that need to be changed in your life. For many divorced parents, there are significant changes to the time they get to spend with their kids, as well as alterations in living arrangements, household income, insurance and much more.

Do I need an estate plan if I don’t have children?

Some adults choose to have children; others choose not to. If you are an adult without children, you have the benefit of controlling more of your free time and having more disposable income in your pocket. However, you have additional concerns that do not trouble parents. For example, you might sometimes wonder to whom you will leave your assets after you die.

Should art be a part of your estate plan?

To paraphrase an old saying, one person's art can be another person's trash. Not everyone is smitten with the Mona Lisa, for instance, and some people adore and others loath the reality-bending Cubist paintings of Pablo Picasso. While taste and preferences are entirely subjective, there is no doubt that the Spanish master's works are worth millions of dollars.

Giving the gift of the future

As Baby Boomers move in to their 60s and 70s, they are increasingly focused on the future. A recent Forbes article states that the 2018 U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth and Worth Study shows that two-thirds of people over the age of 50 want to use their wealth to better the lives of their children and grandchildren.

Avoid these two common estate planning errors

One of the things people traditionally do at the end of the year is look back and assess the past 12 months and then look forward and plan for the coming dozen. One of the crucial tasks millions of Americans neglected to take care of in 2018 was to create a will. That omission is one of two widespread estate planning errors, Forbes says.

Planning ahead helps you avoid legal, tax problems

Your homestead, your 401(k), the cash in your bank account, your life insurance policy and your closely held business interests. They are all assets you have worked long and hard to acquire, but each should be considered separately when you are sitting down to figure out how to distribute your assets in an estate plan.

Should new Brevard County residents update out-of-state estate plans?

Many Brevard County people are originally from Minnesota, Ohio, New York, Michigan and other snow-covered places. Now that you're in the Sunshine State, do you have to get all of your estate planning documents from those other places converted to Florida documents?

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