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Include pets in the estate plan

Many Florida residents view their pets as family. However, they may not have included their pets in a will. It is a good idea for people to include their pets in their estate plans so they are truly prepared for any situation that may arise.

Reasons to make estate plan updates

Taking the initiative to actually make an estate plan is a good first step for anyone in Florida with assets and property they wish to pass along to loved ones. However, an estate plan isn't something that's meant to be done once and forgotten about. Circumstances that may include tax law updates can change over time. There are also personal life adjustments that can be reason enough to revisit an estate plan and make appropriate updates to one or more existing documents.

Can I write my own will?

On the surface, will creation may seem like a simple process. That’s why many people in Florida wonder if they can’t just write their own wills, thereby saving money on legal costs. While there are resources available that can help you create your own estate planning documents, doing so may end up costing your family and your estate more than just money. The Balance explains some of the reasons why you might want to think twice before writing your own will.

Estate planning disputes are not restricted to the beneficiaries

When you think about disputes over estate planning, it is understandable to consider the type of arguments that can occur after you are gone, if your loved ones find reasons to dispute the terms of your will. However, as we at the Law Offices of Frye & Vazquez, P.L., are aware, just the act of planning your will can be complex, and it might become contentious if you and your spouse disagree over who gets what. You and other Florida residents might want to explore ways to avoid an argument over your will planning.

Who is allowed to challenge a will?

Wills are useful estate planning tools that enable you to leave assets to loved ones after you’re gone. These documents can be challenged in court, which is a common occurrence among many families despite the value of assets or property being dispersed. TheBalance.com explains just who is allowed to challenge a will.

Estate planning as a grandchild’s caregiver

Often, people think of their grandchildren when they set up an estate plan. They may want to pass down sentimental items or assets to ensure that their grandkids receive support or valued possessions in the future. For some grandparents, additional issues may arise which involve their grandchildren. For example, some are full-time caregivers for their grandkids, and they may be unsure of what their estate planning options are to make sure that their grandkids continue to receive the care they need after they pass away.

Why is having a valid will so important?

Residents in Florida who haven't dealt with estate law before are possibly feeling overwhelmed the first time they really start looking into it. The Law Offices of Frye & Vazquez, P.L., are here to help guide you through the basics first. First we'll take a look at wills, and the importance of their validity.

Avoid family conflict with these estate planning tips

People in Florida who are creating an estate plan might want to consider whether there are any elements that could cause family conflict. In some cases, the problem may be the choice of executor. Some family members might start to think the executor is stealing from them. Sometimes, the executor might not respond to communication and might fail to complete important documents. One solution is to appoint a corporate trustee or a professional fiduciary to manage the estate.

When should you update your will?

It might be easy to assume that once you have written your will, there is nothing further you need to do about your estate planning. However, it is important for you and other Florida residents to understand that wills should be updated periodically. The will that you wrote 10 years ago is not likely to accurately reflect your wishes or circumstances today.

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