Oct 032012
 
Obtaining The Florida Homestead Tax Exemption Following Transfer To A Trust

Article VII, Section 6 of the Florida Constitution currently allows for homestead protection from ad valorem real property taxes.  The effect of this provision is to exempt the first $25,000 of property value for all purposes and also to exempt another $25,000 of value for homes worth up to $75,000 for all purposes but the property taxes calculated for schools.  This exemption may be further expanded following the 2012 election. Many people wonder how they can preserve their homestead protection from taxes if the property is transferred to a revocable or irrevocable trust.  Florida Statute § 196.031(1)(a) says that every More…

Jun 142012
 
The Pitfalls Of Placing A Florida Residence Into A Revocable Trust

One of the essential tools in the Florida estate planning attorney’s toolbox is the revocable living trust.  These trusts are an effective method for avoiding the arduous Florida probate process while also protecting family privacy and helping to plan for the possibility of incompetency.  So what is the problem with using these marvelous instruments to hold the family residence? Many people are under the impression that holding a personal residence in a revocable trust is an innately bad thing, especially when it comes to protection from creditors.  Back in 2001, Florida estate planners became alarmed at a bankruptcy case which More…

Apr 082011
 
Homestead in Florida

Oftentimes we find that people are unclear as to the various homestead protections enjoyed by residents of Florida. There are three kinds of homestead protection in Florida: 1. Homestead protection in the form of an exemption from taxes found in Article VII Section 6 of the Florida Constitution. 2. Homestead protection from forced sale by creditors found in Article X, Sections 4(a) and (b) of the Florida Constitution. 3. Restrictions on the transfer of the homestead found in Article X section 4(c) of the Florida Constitution. Each of these provisions play a separate and distinct role in protecting and preserving More…