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Advice columnist: Estate planning is important part of fighting cancer

When people are feeling good, it can be difficult to think about not feeling good. When people are healthy, it can also be difficult to think about illness. Those are pretty common and understandable human traits that help people avoid discussions of serious illness and end-of-life plans.

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.

“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.

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.

One of many reasons why billionaires like Florida

Many of our regular Brevard County legal blog readers know that Florida does not have an estate tax. For some residents (especially those who have significant assets), that tax’s absence is one of the reasons they moved to the Sunshine State, or why they never moved away.

Devising a plan to make an estate plan

Which would your family rather do: spend the day at Cocoa Riverfront Park or discuss estate planning? Tour the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science or discuss the inevitability of mortality? The answers are probably pretty obvious – we would all prefer entertaining distractions to discussions of what will happen when you are gone.

E-wills make sense for a select few

Starting next year, you will be able to create and sign a Florida will online and then store it in the cloud. While it is certainly going to be more convenient to create a will online while you’re at home, the real question is whether or not an electronic will is right for you and your family.

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