Feb 062014
 
Brain - Dead Pregnant Woman on Life Support Stirs Controversy

Marlise Munoz was 33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant when her husband found her lying unconscious in their Texas home, and doctors pronounced her brain dead. Her husband and family members claimed that they knew she would not want to be kept on life support. Her husband claimed that although his wife did not leave behind any sort of health care directive, that he knew her wishes and had discussed the issue with her many times before. However, hospital officials refused to honor her wishes because they argued that Texas law required them to provide life-sustaining support to pregnant More…

Aug 282012
 
4 Life Changing Events That Require An Estate Planning Review

Effective estate planning is not the kind of thing that is done once and then put on a shelf for the rest of your life.  It requires consistent review and alteration as circumstances change.  Here are 4 life changing instances which should cause you to pick up the phone and give your Florida estate planning attorney a call: Marriage: Anytime someone decides to get married is a good time to consider whether an estate planning change is in order.  This is true for both the individual and their descendants.  Decisions will need to be made regarding how property will be More…

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…