Apr 052012
 
LGBT Estate Planning Is Very Important In Florida

If you are a member of the LGBT community in Florida, having a properly prepared estate plan is essential. This is because Florida law does not recognize gay marriage, civil unions, or domestic partnerships.  This means that many of the informal niceties occasionally granted to heterosexual couples, such as the ability of husbands and wives to make medical decisions for one another without formal paperwork, does not exist for LGBT couples. Thankfully, Florida law does recognize the validity of legally binding documents, no matter the sexual orientation of the maker.  A Florida revocable living trust and durable power of attorney More…

Nov 172011
 
Estate Planning For Unmarried Couples

It today’s America, the number of partners who choose to live together without going through the process of establishing a legal union is on the rise.  There are a number of reasons that more people are choosing to stay unmarried these days.  For example, the recent economic downturn has made many couples more hesitant to take big steps in their lives, as they prefer to wait until the turbulence has subsided.  Also, homosexual couples do not have the right to get married in many states, including Florida.  Finally, one or both partners may be receiving financial assistance that they cannot More…