Jul 232011
 
I Just Need To Take A Closer Look...

What do you think of when you look at this picture?  Here we have a 40 year old man taking a close look at the blades underneath his tractor.  It looks like he is a Toronto Maple Leaf hockey fan.  If you look closer, the black discharge shute has a warning not to put your hands anywhere near the shute.  This gentleman has his head stuffed underneath the shute.  So much for warning labels. When this guy decided to cut the grass this morning, he figured it would be the routine lawn care project that he does each weekend.  What More…

Jul 152011
 
Florida Documentary Stamp Tax And Conveyances Of Real Property To A Revocable Living Trust

As estate planning attorneys, one of the recurring issues we encounter is a lack of knowledge regarding Florida’s documentary stamp tax and its effect on the conveyance of real property.  Given the rising popularity of the revocable living trust, a basic understanding of the economic consequences of the documentary stamp tax is essential to properly planning and constructing an affordable estate plan. Documentary stamp tax is levied on documents as provided under Chapter 201, Florida Statutes. Documents subject to the tax include, but are not limited to: deeds, notes or written obligations to pay money and mortgages, liens, or other More…