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The Most Important Tax Issues to Consider If You Are an Executor, Trustee, Or Administrator

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

There are a number of key tax questions that pop up when a loved one passes away and you are responsible for their estate as the executor. Below, we discuss some of the most important considerations to take into account if you are responsible for an estate: General Responsibilities The executor of an estate… Read More »

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Have You Properly Accounted for Digital Assets in Your Estate Plan?

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

There is arguably enough to worry about when it comes to estate planning without also having to plan for a new type of asset, and one that can be present challenges to even the most tech-savvy of us.  Still, as part of your overall estate plan, you need to make sure that you have… Read More »

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Can I Choose a Non-Resident Executor (Personal Representative) for My Estate?

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

We have discussed what an executor (known as “personal representative” in Florida) is, who can be appointed as one, and whether/how they can be removed. Personal representatives can be selected by those setting up their estate plans or by the judge to take charge of the administration of a decedent’s estate. They identify, organize,… Read More »

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How to Protect Art & Antiques in Estate Planning

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

As attorneys who practice in estate planning here in Florida, one of the most common questions we receive is how to intelligently cover estate planning for art, antiques, and other personal property valuables. These items frequently pose additional layers of complexity when it comes to a estate planning; complexities beyond what real estate or… Read More »

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Estate Planning “When You Hate Your Son-In-Law”

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

As attorneys who regularly practice in the area of estate planning and probate, we frequently assist clients who have concerns about which family members are going to be privy to their estate. Specifically, there are a number of families that have concerns about certain family members—such as in-laws—and they will sometimes seek counsel from… Read More »

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The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

In a society that is obsessed with all things do-it-yourself, it can be enticing to apply the same motto to estate planning. However, “doing it yourself” when it comes to estate planning can be downright hazardous for the reasons we discuss below. Templates First, when it comes to estate planning, “one size” does not… Read More »

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High Priority Tips & Advice For Estate Planning & Avoiding Probate

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

As estate planning and probate attorneys that practice and advise clients every day here in Florida, we see a lot of mistakes made with family estates; mistakes that lead to nasty probate outcomes that absolutely could have been avoided with better legal counsel and planning. Below, we’ve discussed some of the common topics that… Read More »

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You Need an Estate Plan Even If You Do Not Have Children. Here’s Why

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

Just like some couples assume that they do not need a prenuptial agreement unless they are extremely wealthy, others may assume that they do not need an estate plan if they do not have children. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. The reality is that, without an estate plan, you have no… Read More »

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Why Do I Need Beneficiary Designations If I Have A Will?

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

A will—like other elements of your estate plan, such as a trust, advance directive, health care proxy, power of attorney, etc.—is part of a bigger whole when it comes to estate planning. Beneficiary forms are another essential part of this process. They designate who you want to receive proceeds from certain accounts, such as… Read More »

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Marital Trusts and Qualified Terminable Interest Property Trusts in Estate Planning

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

When it comes to estate planning, two of the most popular types of trusts that individuals and couples rely on are known as the Marital Trust and the Qualified Terminable Interest Property (QTIP). Both of these options allow clients to mitigate tax burdens by keeping in place the tax exemption to be used by… Read More »

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