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Barry D. Siegel Lawyer

Barry D. Siegel

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Estate Planning, Elder Law, Trusts, Wills & Probate, Power of Attorney

Today, our law firm focuses on providing comprehensive planning when you need it most. Because change is part of life, most people require ongoing ass... (more)

Peter Alexander Rose Lawyer

Peter Alexander Rose

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Bankruptcy & Debt, Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Real Estate, Wills & Probate
Attorney at Law for Over 40 Years

Peter A. Rose, Esquire has been in practice since 1976. Peter A. Rose, P.L. strives to provide affordable legal representation for everyone, includin... (more)

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800-706-9810

Nicole M Loughlin Lawyer

Nicole M Loughlin

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Personal Injury, Car Accident, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate, Condominiums

Loughlin Law, P.A. is a boutique law firm in Boca Raton, Florida, servicing clients in Broward and Palm Beach County. Attorney Nicole M. Loughlin ear... (more)

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800-990-8420

Yanique Lisa Otto Lawyer

Yanique Lisa Otto

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Divorce & Family Law, Accident & Injury, Immigration, Criminal, Wills & Probate
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Attorney Yanique L. Otto attended the University of the West Indies where she studied psychology and human resource management. She graduated from Bar... (more)

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800-947-7930

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Andrew  Jiménez Lawyer

Andrew Jiménez

Business, Estate, Trusts, Wills & Probate

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850-766-0680

Chad E Brocato Lawyer

Chad E Brocato

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Wills & Probate, Trusts, Estate Administration, Living Wills, Power of Attorney
Trusted legal advocates

Our law firm focuses on helping clients protect their loved ones. We believe that no family wants to experience the expenses and long-term issues asso... (more)

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954-300-2521

Chad E Brocato Lawyer

Chad E Brocato

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Estate, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate, Trusts
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Attorney Chad E. Brocato became an internationally published author for emergency medical services trade publications prior to entering the field of l... (more)

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800-879-2181

Omar Mauricio Salazar Lawyer

Omar Mauricio Salazar

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Landlord-Tenant, Wills & Probate, Medical Malpractice, Business

Omar Salazar practices in the areas of complex corporate litigation, white-collar crime, and medical malpractice, condominium law, commercial real est... (more)

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800-425-0881

Joseph  Brien Lawyer

Joseph Brien

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Business, Bankruptcy, Wills & Probate, Estate, Real Estate
Providing Legal Services to the South Florida area

The People’s Advocate is a full-service law firm with offices in Hollywood, Florida. A substantial client base is referred to our firm by previous ... (more)

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954-320-6940

Michael W. Gomez Lawyer

Michael W. Gomez

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Real Estate, Condominiums, Contract, Wills & Probate

I have had the pleasure of serving the public of the State of Florida for 20 years. I have worked in both State and Federal Court to advance the inte... (more)

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LEGAL TERMS

DOWER AND CURTESY

A surviving spouse's right to receive a set portion of the deceased spouse's estate -- usually one-third to one-half. Dower (not to be confused with a 'dowry') ... (more...)
A surviving spouse's right to receive a set portion of the deceased spouse's estate -- usually one-third to one-half. Dower (not to be confused with a 'dowry') refers to the portion to which a surviving wife is entitled, while curtesy refers to what a man may claim. Until recently, these amounts differed in a number of states. However, because discrimination on the basis of sex is now illegal in most cases, most states have abolished dower and curtesy and generally provide the same benefits regardless of sex -- and this amount is often known simply as the statutory share. Under certain circumstances, a living spouse may not be able to sell or convey property that is subject to the other spouse's dower and curtesy or statutory share rights.

AB TRUST

A trust that allows couples to reduce or avoid estate taxes. Each spouse puts his or her property in an AB trust. When the first spouse dies, his or her half of... (more...)
A trust that allows couples to reduce or avoid estate taxes. Each spouse puts his or her property in an AB trust. When the first spouse dies, his or her half of the property goes to the beneficiaries named in the trust -- commonly, the grown children of the couple -- with the crucial condition that the surviving spouse has the right to use the property for life and is entitled to any income it generates. The surviving spouse may even be allowed to spend principal in certain circumstances. When the surviving spouse dies, the property passes to the trust beneficiaries. It is not considered part of the second spouse's estate for estate tax purposes. Using this kind of trust keeps the second spouse's taxable estate half the size it would be if the property were left directly to the spouse. This type of trust is also known as a bypass or credit shelter trust.

GRANTOR

Someone who creates a trust. Also called a trustor or settlor.

PROBATE

The court process following a person's death that includes proving the authenticity of the deceased person's will appointing someone to handle the deceased pers... (more...)
The court process following a person's death that includes proving the authenticity of the deceased person's will appointing someone to handle the deceased person's affairs identifying and inventorying the deceased person's property paying debts and taxes identifying heirs, and distributing the deceased person's property according to the will or, if there is no will, according to state law. Formal court-supervised probate is a costly, time-consuming process -- a windfall for lawyers -- which is best avoided if possible.

EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT INCOME SECURITY ACT OF 1974 (ERISA)

A federal law passed to protect pension rights. ERISA: sets minimum standards for pension plans, guaranteeing that pension rights cannot be unfairly denied to o... (more...)
A federal law passed to protect pension rights. ERISA: sets minimum standards for pension plans, guaranteeing that pension rights cannot be unfairly denied to or taken from a worker provides some protection for workers in the event certain types of pension plans cannot pay the benefits to which workers are entitled, and requires that employers provide full and clear information about employees' pension rights, including the way pension benefits accumulate, how the company invests pension funds, and when and how pension benefits can be collected.

DEATH TAXES

Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who... (more...)
Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who inherit property.

LAPSE

Under a will, the failure of a gift of property. A gift lapses when the beneficiary dies before the person who made the will, and no alternate has been named. S... (more...)
Under a will, the failure of a gift of property. A gift lapses when the beneficiary dies before the person who made the will, and no alternate has been named. Some states have anti-lapse statutes, which prevent gifts to relatives of the deceased person from lapsing unless the relative has no heirs of his or her own. A lapsed gift becomes part of the residuary estate.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

All property other than land and buildings attached to land. Cars, bank accounts, wages, securities, a small business, furniture, insurance policies, jewelry, p... (more...)
All property other than land and buildings attached to land. Cars, bank accounts, wages, securities, a small business, furniture, insurance policies, jewelry, patents, pets and season baseball tickets are all examples of personal property. Personal property may also be called personal effects, movable property, goods and chattel, and personalty. Compare real estate.

ABATEMENT

A reduction. After a death, abatement occurs if the deceased person didn't leave enough property to fulfill all the bequests made in the will and meet other exp... (more...)
A reduction. After a death, abatement occurs if the deceased person didn't leave enough property to fulfill all the bequests made in the will and meet other expenses. Gifts left in the will are cut back in order to pay taxes, satisfy debts or take care of other gifts that are given priority under law or by the will itself.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

IN RE AMEND. TO THE FLORIDA PROBATE RULES

After considering the Committee's proposals and reviewing the relevant legislation, we adopt all the Committee's proposals except the proposed amendment to subdivision (b) of rule 5.260. Consistent with statutory changes made by chapter 2010-132, section 3, Laws of ...

McCormick v. McCormick

... We have for review an order admitting to probate the Last Will and Testament of decedent Ferral Lee McCormick, Sr., but denying letters of administration to appellant Ferral Lee McCormick, Jr., whom the testate decedent had duly nominated as personal representative. ...

In re Guardianship of Shell

... VILLANTI, Judge. Lutheran Services Florida, Inc., the guardian of Bertha Shell, appeals from the probate court's order denying its objections to an earlier order that awarded Lutheran Services guardian's fees in an amount less than it requested. ...