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Attorney in St Petersburg & Sarasota

ABOUT CATHY BLACKBURN

“Everyone needs life planning. Did I mention that everyone needs life planning? Why?”

Life planning effectively serves many goals and avoids many difficulties.  For most people, life is predictable.  That is why we speak of “probable” events and consequences.  There are, however, a significant percentage of people who encounter “unexpected” events.  Life planning is important for both.

Cathy began her career as a pharmacist, served as a law professor, and practiced medical law for 30 years before transitioning to a life planning practice. In medical law, Cathy directly experienced how unpredictable life is for many people. She also directly experienced what does not work in most life planning.  At Blackburn Law Firm/LifePlanLaw.com, Cathy is committed to creating life planning documents that work no matter what life delivers.

Local Events Postponed due to Covid-19 Situation

Covid-19 has seemingly arrived like a tornado and dumped all of us into a new world. We recognize the need for social distancing and keeping our clients, lawyers, and staff safe and healthy. We are taking steps to meet our clients’ needs while keeping everyone safe.

LIFE PLAN LAW SERVICES

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LIFE PLANNING

Whether you are young or young-at-heart, circumstances change and events happen. Be prepared with legal documents for expected and unexpected events…

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SMALL BUSINESS

If you work for yourself or employ others, proper business structure is important.  LifePlanLaw can set up or modify sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLC’s, or corporations.

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PROBATE

When a loved one dies owning personal or real property, probate court proceedings are often necessary.  LifePlanLaw can explain and handle this confusing process…

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LGBT PLANNING

LGBT people face challenges that heterosexual people, especially married heterosexual people, do not face…

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MEDICAID

Medicaid has a program that helps aging individuals who need long-term care.

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LOCAL EVENTS

Join Cathy and the team at Life Plan Law at local community events.

Complimentary Digital Tools for Your Personal Use

Life planning is the thoughtful arrangement of assets and preparation of legal documents to organize your life and direct your affairs according to your values and choices. Life planning allows you and your loved ones to navigate through emergencies and predictable life changes with the least stress, expense, and difficulty possible. Download your complimentary Life Planning Guide and Financial Digital Account Guide to get started.

COMPLIMENTARY PERSONAL CONSULTATION

Selecting an attorney is an incredibly important decision that can have a major impact on you and your family’s lives. Such a decision should not be made lightly or without all necessary and relevant information. Before choosing Life Plan Law, we invite you to contact us directly.

4 Reasons to Consider A Living Trust

Living trusts often are the subject of small talk on the golf course or in social gatherings; however, not many folks understand what they do. They are called “living” because they’re created while you’re still living. You will sign it and it’ll become an enforceable document. The living trust may be irrevocable or revocable. Revocable...
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The Importance of Estate Planning for LGBTQ Partners

In recent decades, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other (LGBTQ) people have seen significant progress when it comes to their legal rights. Today, same-sex couples can marry and adopt children, something that was unheard of not long ago. While the change in laws that protect LGBTQ families have led to better protection should one...
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DO I NEED A TRUST?

Do I Really Need a Trust? People often ask, “do I need a trust”?  The simple answer is “no.”  You don’t need a trust any more than you need a bank account, or a car, or a will for that matter.  I bet that answer does not help you choose to have a trust or...
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DO I NEED TO CHANGE MY LIVING WILL FOR COVID-19?

Clients have been asking if they need to change their Living Will in the new age of Covid-19. There is a simple answer and more nuanced answer to this question, and it raises some very important issues. The simple answer: You do not need to make changes to your advanced directive for coronavirus. A living...
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CAN I SIGN MY LIFE PLAN DOCUMENTS ONLINE?

The easy answer is, not until July 2020. The ability to execute an electronic will takes effect on July 1, 2020. To confuse the issue however, online notarization of documents other than a will became effective on January 1, 2020. The process is very new, expensive, difficult, and, for life plan documents, limited. Choosing to...
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HAPPY NEW YEAR – THE TAX LAWS HAVE CHANGED

I hope the transition to the year 2020 brought joy and a fresh outlook.  If you follow the news, you also know that it brought changes to the tax laws that may impact your life and estate planning. As part of budget legislation, the U.S. House and Senate passed the Setting Every Community Up for...
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BUSINESSES CAN’T USE PICTURES FROM YOUR PHONE

Businesses use pdf documents, not pictures.  When a business – perhaps your lawyer, accountant, title company, etc. – asks for a scanned copy of a document, they need it in a specific format called “pdf.”  This is an Adobe Acrobat type of format and can be viewed or printed using any version of Acrobat.  Acrobat...
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What Not To Do with a Power of Attorney

Is My Current Power of Attorney Effective? Do not assume that your old power of attorney will be effective. The Florida power of attorney statute changed dramatically in 2011.  Effective on October 1, 2011, the Legislature amended Chapter 709 of the Florida Statutes and completely rewrote the laws regarding powers of attorney.  Among other things,...
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Life Plan Documents Everyone Should Have

Life planning is the thoughtful arrangement of assets and preparation of legal documents to organize your life and direct your affairs according to your values and choices. It allows you and your loved ones to navigate through emergencies and predictable life changes with the least stress, expense, and difficulty possible. The first step in life...
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