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Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples The majority of folks, gay or not, ought to consider creating an estate plan. But gay couples have more to gain from creating an estate plan than do heterosexual couples, because many same-sex couples are not legally married, which makes them ineligible for the benefits of laws made to protect...
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Life changes constantly, and your Will should evolve to reflect these changes. There are some obvious situations which require updates to a Will, like divorce or marriage, but other times aren’t so obvious and are just as critical. Here is a list of four circumstances considered important reasons to update your Will: When you have...
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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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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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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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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 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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Many times a month I hear stories about people losing all or most of there data due to damaged, lost, or a stolen phone’s.  It seems the most important data we carry with us. With the holidays coming up,  let’s make sure we don’t lose those precious memories along with other data. Lets backup today!...
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Living wills express personal wishes for end of life care. They state what life-prolonging measures an individual desires, and what measures the individual chooses to refuse. Perhaps more than any other document, a living will is deeply personal and requires that one consider the end of life. At – Blackburn Law Firm, PLLC, we provide each...
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A power of attorney (POA) gives another person (the “attorney in fact” or “agent”) the right to act on behalf of, or instead of, the person who signed the power of attorney (the “principal”).  Although a POA is a very common and useful planning document, it is important to understand some basic facts about the...
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