Author Archives: Jay Butchko
Reality Check: Depending On Your Family For Elder Care Is Less Affordable Than You Think
An aging in place plan that takes family togetherness as its cornerstone sounds idyllic. Think of the affordable family meals and the multigenerational social events. Think of the money your children will save on childcare if you babysit your grandchildren while your kids work on evenings and weekends. Your son-in-law adores you, and the… Read More »
Are Burial And Cremation The Only Options?
Maybe you do not care what will happen to your money after you die, and perhaps you do not have any money for anyone to inherit, but one thing is certain. Everyone who dies leaves behind mortal remains. Even if you do not have any property, you at least owe it to the people… Read More »
Florida Senate Introduces Bill To Protect Elder Abuse Victims From Creditor Harassment
Debt collection communications can stress you out at any stage of your life. If you are in a strong enough financial position that you are talking to an estate planning lawyer about placing your assets in a trust so that creditors cannot get them, or even spending down your assets in order to qualify… Read More »
Reality Check: Will The Nursing Home In Your Town Still Be There When You Need It?
Nursing home planning is an important part of your estate plan. Whether you choose to age in place or move to an assisted living facility, there is a good chance that, at some point during your retirement, you will need the kind of assistance with tasks of daily life that you can most easily… Read More »
Disinheriting Your Children: Do’s And Don’ts
Another holiday season has come and gone, and your children and grandchildren are getting more ungrateful by the year. They complain about the gifts you give, and when they visit you, they complain about the food and about the condition of your house, and they never offer to help. You do your best to… Read More »
What Happens To The Decedent’s Business Interests During Probate?
You might have heard the estate planning maxim that the law categorizes all assets that are not real estate or accounts full of money as personal property, meaning that the probate court does not see any difference between the socks in the decedent’s sock drawer, on the one hand, and valuable paintings, on the… Read More »
Preparing An Estate Inventory For Probate
You love your family, but you would not want to drop everything and prepare a family member’s tax returns, without that family member’s help, during an already stressful time in your life, when it wasn’t even tax season. That is the position that people who die without an estate plan put their family members… Read More »
You Are the Boss Of Your Own Estate Plan
There are plenty of reasons to be stressed out about the winter season when you are a parent of young children; this is mostly because you are busy beyond belief year-round, but when the winter season come around, you must take on even more responsibilities while contributing to an atmosphere of relaxation and good… Read More »
How To Protect Your Assets From Medicaid Estate Recovery
A popular saying in the world of estate planning goes that the goal of your estate plan is to ensure that you do not outlive your savings. In today’s economic climate, where most of us are in debt and those of us who have savings are unlikely to have them much longer, does this… Read More »
Breach Of Fiduciary Duty And Florida Estate Law
Unless you operate a family business, then you usually keep work and family separate. You might have conflicts with family members about matters such as splitting the cost of family gatherings or about the wealthiest member of a family contributing to the educational expenses or other means of support for members of the younger… Read More »