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Author Archives: Jay Butchko

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Can Mobile Apps And The Employee Benefits Office Help With Your Estate Plan?

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

Most people procrastinate getting started on estate planning because they equate making an estate plan with thinking about their mortality, which is very scary, especially for young people.  Estate planning lawyers always say that estate planning is about planning to live a long life, but you don’t find that out until you meet with… Read More »

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The Geriatric Millennial Pessoptimist’s Guide To Writing A Will

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

You don’t have to be old or rich to write a will.  If you are old enough to have children, you are old enough to know that the world is a terrible place and to feel powerless to make it better.  If you need motivation to write a will, think about all the ways… Read More »

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How Much Do Your Retirement Plans Resemble Everyone Else’s?

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

If you are a Baby Boomer or a member of any of the generations that succeeded the Baby Boomers, you probably like to think of yourself as a maverick, a true original.  You might have your future all planned out to the last detail, and they are probably details that you think no one… Read More »

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How To Avoid Shady Guardians: Choose Someone You Trust

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

The idea of giving up control of your financial decisions because you are too ill to make these decisions on your own is scary, but no estate plan is complete until you have chosen someone that you wish the court to appoint as your legal guardian if you ever need one.  If, while you… Read More »

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Beware Of Nuncupative Wills

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

Florida has long been a popular destination for retirees from other states and other countries to spend their final years, so it is unsurprising that Florida’s probate courts have admitted many wills that were issued elsewhere.  Florida law adopts the attitude that, if a will meets the legal requirements of the state or country… Read More »

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You Have More Options Than You Think About What Happens To Your Body After You Die

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

The philosophers have been reminding us for years that eventually, all of us will die, and our bodies will turn to dust.  Estate planning lawyers will tell you with a smile that estate planning is about planning for life, not just about planning for death.  The truth is, however, that your estate plan is… Read More »

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The Secrets You Keep From Your Family Can Come Out During Probate

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

There is already enough conflict and ugliness in the world; imagine how much there would be if your siblings, children, or spouse knew everything there was to know about you.  In an age where everyone broadcasts everyone else’s business on the Internet, it is harder to take secrets with you to the grave.  Meanwhile,… Read More »

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You Have The Right To Leave Your Children Unequal Shares Of Your Estate

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

Personal finance advice columnists have strong opinions about whether you should divide your estate equally among your children.  Some say that playing favorites in your will is a sure way to create rifts in your family that will make it very difficult for your grandchildren to enjoy the same kind of close relationship with… Read More »

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Guardianships Can Protect Your Elderly Family Members From Financial Abuse

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

Forming friendships late in life can be a beautiful thing.  Perhaps you saw your own grandmother become more social after your grandfather died, attending church choir practice several times per week and meeting her friends at restaurants for lunch, having more fun than she had had since the days when your grandfather was still… Read More »

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Can You Stop Your Spouse From Claiming An Elective Share Of Your Estate?

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

When you write a will, you are the boss.  You can leave as much or as little property to anyone you choose, regardless of their relationship to you.  If you decide to disinherit your entire family and your entire estate to your pet corgi and appoint your friend Cathy as the corgi’s guardian, this… Read More »

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