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Tips for Preparing for Mediation

Mediation is a great tool for reaching a solution to your issue without resorting to litigation. As most people know, litigation can be very expensive and time-consuming, and the prospect of rolling the dice when it costs so much to play can be a great motivation to resolve your issues through mediation. However, mediation does […]

Updating Your Estate Plan When Life Changes Happen

Having a plan for when you retire from this earth may be the only thing holding your family together after you pass. This plan can ensure that not only your estate is handled properly, but it can also account for any time that you are indisposed and cannot make the decisions properly to continue with […]

The Importance of Estate Planning

The term estate planning may be a foreign term for thousands of people, especially those who are in their twenties and thirties. Many people believe that only elderly people should make plans for their estates, but this is not entirely true. Although elderly people should also have a plan for their estate upon their passing, […]

Estate Planning is Important even if you are Single

When you are single you are less likely to think of estate planning than you would if you had a large family, especially small children. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, we all get old and we all need to be properly prepared. The only way to do so is to […]

How To Start A Trust

Everyone should prepare their finances for the day when they are no longer with us.  Your estate can be dispersed anyway you see fit.  Why would someone consider setting up a trust instead of dispersing an amount immediately to someone?  It could be a matter of age.  If a person is leaving an amount of […]

Do You Need A Power of Attorney for Estate Planning?

Planning your estate is one of the best ways you can protect all you have and continue to work for.  It not only makes the process of handling assets easier when it is your time to go, it also takes care of issues that may come up in the event you are incapacitated.  According to […]

How a Mediator Can Help Your Litigation Claim Avoid Further Costs

By the time you have decided to submit a claim to the Florida Court system, you will have been paying out pocket.  Throughout the process, there are attorney’s fees, document submission fees and more.  You have to ask yourself if the claim is worth pursuing.  Once you get through the four basic stages of litigation: […]

What is the process of settling an estate without a will?

Having a will prepared is something most people think about at some point in their life.  Many people think they need to have a substantial amount of wealth to have a will.  Or they think they need to own property to have a will.  And what about your minor children; do you need a will […]

Being Appointed A Personal Representative

Your father or best friend asks you to be their personal representative of their estate should something happen to them.  That doesn’t sound too hard.  Now years down the road, it’s time for you to assume that role.  Do you know what to do?  Where do you start?  This article should help you get started […]

What is Formal Administration?

When a loved one passes and they have left behind adequate assets that go above and beyond the expenses of their funeral and burial, formal administration of their assets may be necessary. This of course can be avoided if they have a will or trust that names specific beneficiaries or there is joint ownership of […]

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