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How To Prevent Estranged Relatives From Becoming Lost Heirs

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

At your first meeting, an estate planning lawyer will tell you with a smile that estate planning is about planning for life, not planning for death.  As you get deeper into details, though, you will realize that estate planning is also about not leaving messes for the people you care about to clean up… Read More »

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3 Inherited Assets That Are Worse Than Clutter

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

If there is anyone who has a reason to declare war on clutter, it is estate planning lawyers.  When family members battle it out in probate over money or real estate that each party thinks that they are entitled to, someone gets the inheritance, and the probate lawyers get paid.  When it comes to… Read More »

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Lady Bird Deeds And Florida Estate Planning Law

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

If you are financially secure enough to think about your estate plan but not so wealthy that you are part of the one percent, your home is probably the most valuable thing you own.  No one wants their family to have to go through an expensive and stressful probate process, so a big part… Read More »

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4 Things You Should Ditch When You Retire

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

If you are planning to retire in the next few years, you may have visited a financial planner, and if you did, the financial planner probably tried to sell you all kinds of financial products.  A little voice in your head probably told you that you don’t need any of the things the financial… Read More »

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Preparing Your Bedroom For Aging In Place

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

Downsizing your house for retirement is not for everyone.  Some people dream of ditching the McMansion where they raised their children and from which they commuted to toil in corporate America and moving into a tiny house in a senior living community where egrets pass by every morning to feast on worms in the… Read More »

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Estate Planning For Newlyweds

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

According to Yahoo Finance, only 52 percent of adults have a life insurance policy, and only 46 percent have a will.  This might be unsurprising, given that few of us have a net worth large enough to fight over in probate.  It is more surprising, however, when we consider that the COVID-19 pandemic has… Read More »

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For A Stress-Free Retirement, Focus Your Efforts On Debt Repayment Now

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

Hurricane shutters are expensive.  Another cockroach crawled under the door?  Not another hole in the patio screen!  And don’t even get started talking about the mortgage payments!  Home ownership has plenty of hassles, but for the annoyance your house causes you, there are dozens of people who can only wish that they had that… Read More »

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Is Reopening An Estate That Has Already Settled Worth The Trouble?

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

Even uncomplicated probate cases can be stressful when the person for whose estate you were acting as a personal representative settles and the beneficiaries get their inheritance.  As long as the estate is open, everyone blames you when creditors surface and claim debts that, once paid, reduce the amount left for you and your… Read More »

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How To Ditch Your Parent PLUS Loans Before Retirement

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

Parent PLUS loans are the enemy of your estate plan.  If you are thinking about taking out a Parent PLUS loan to fund your child’s college or postgraduate education, don’t do it.  Of course, this advice does not help you if you have already borrowed one and are now responsible for paying it back. … Read More »

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Think Twice Before Merging Your Finances With Your Children

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

The market is flooded with advice books about caring for your children during their first years of life, but the advice industry is frustratingly silent about the best ways to have a healthy relationship with your children when they are adults.  Books, websites, and podcasts bombard you with information about the best ways to… Read More »

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