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What’s the difference between a Will and a Trust under Florida law?

What’s the difference between a Will and a Trust under Florida law?

At Longa Law we assist clients with will and trust plans, as well as business succession plans, real estate transfers and deeds for estate planning purposes, trust administration, and probate administrations throughout the state of Florida.  Many clients wonder – what is in an Estate Plan? One size does not fit all when it comes Read More

¿Cómo abrir una caja de seguridad después de la muerte del dueño?

Si su ser querido falleció, es posible que necesite acceder a su caja de seguridad para recuperar documentos o activos importantes. Sin embargo, abrir una caja de seguridad después de la muerte del propietario no es tan sencillo como presentarse en el banco con la llave del fallecido. Deberá seguir ciertos procedimientos legales y cumplir Read More

Drafting a Valid Will and Power of Attorney in Florida: Understanding the Legal Requirements

When it comes to estate planning, it’s important to understand the execution formalities for a valid will and power of attorney in Florida. In this blog post, we will outline the steps you need to follow to ensure that your will and power of attorney are legally binding and enforceable. A valid will in Florida Read More

Do You Know Where Your Assets Are Going? by Lesly Longa Vaillancourt

My job as an estate planning attorney is to find the simplest way to transfer a client’s’ assets at death.  Many times, that depends on the nature of the asset and the circumstances of the particular client and beneficiaries.  As part of the estate planning process with Longa Law, I will discuss with you who or Read More

Welcome to Your Digital Afterlife: Estate and Tax Planning for Digital Assets, Cryptocurrency, and NFTs

Original Article Published in GPSOLO, Volume 39, Number 6, NOV/DEC 2022 © 2022 by the American Bar Association Click HERE for Mobile Version

The Real Cost of a DIY Plan

I have a lot of respect for Dave Ramsey, so I was surprised to see him endorsing Mama Bear, an online form will and trust document preparation service.  These services do not provide legal advice.  They state in the small print you consent to, repeatedly, that: “The information contained in the Site is general legal information and Read More

Wealth Transfer Strategies to Consider in an Election Year

With a push by the Democratic party to return federal estate taxes to their historic norms, taxpayers need to act now before Congress passes legislation that could adversely impact their estates. Currently, the federal estate and gift tax exemption is set at $11.58 million per taxpayer. Assets included in a decedent’s estate that exceed the Read More

Protecting Children with an Estate Plan

According to a 2019 survey, 57% of adults in the United States have not prepared any estate planning documents, such as a will or trust, despite the fact that 76% viewed them as important. Many believed mistakenly that it was not necessary because they did not have many assets.  Estate Planning is not just for Read More

The SECURE Act – What You Need to Know

Last week I gave a presentation to a room of thirty folks at the Hale Senior Activity Center in Dunedin, Florida, and not a single person in the room knew what the SECURE Act is. Here is a brief look at the SECURE Act and who it effects. The SECURE Act took effect on January Read More

FACE YOUR FEARS: Check Create Estate Plan Off of Your Year-End To-Do List

Last Friday, I helped one of my good friends complete her and her husband’s estate plan, and they finally signed the finished documents on a beautiful afternoon at her condo on the ocean.  The process was difficult for her.  Not because she had much to do; I did the hard work for her. But she Read More