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Protecting Your Home – Part Three: Income Generation and Homestead

Never mix business and pleasure.  Despite that adage, more often people transact business from home.  But be careful! There is a delicate balance between income generation and residence with regard to homestead protections. After all, the homestead exemption applies only to the residence of the owner and the owner’s family. In the past, the general […]

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Protecting Your Home – Part Two: Save Our Homes Act

Several years ago, a community of single-family homes was established in Southwest Florida.  The community was small, arranged in a T-shaped pattern.  A three-bedroom, two-bath home was one of the first houses built.  Its back yard faced a pond, and the driveway opened onto the circle at the end of the street.  A young couple purchased the home […]

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Homestead in Florida - Part One

Protecting Your Home – Part One: Homestead in Florida

A woman, diagnosed with end-stage cancer, sought to get her affairs in order.  She owned her home, and she had children she wanted to provide for after her death.  She decided to sell her home to provide some liquidity for her care while she was still living and to provide cash for her children after she passed.  Toward […]

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When is a good time to make changes to your estate planning documents?

When is a good time to make changes to your estate planning documents?

In general, your estate planning documents set forth how your assets will be distributed, whom you trust to act as your fiduciary, and what provisions you would like for your loved ones. In essence, they communicate to the world how you want decisions to be made when you are no longer able to make them […]

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Signing Legal Documents From Home | Lindsay Allen Law - Naples Attorneys at Law

Signing Legal Documents From Home in Florida

With the global pandemic of COVID-19 and government-ordered quarantines, day-to-day activities were turned upside down. Many businesses were temporarily closed, “social distancing” became the norm, and people were afraid of contact with others. Because of this, the ability to carry out regular activities was impacted, including the ability to execute legal documents that require a […]

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How Does a Pet Trust Work in Florida | Lindsay Allen Law - Naples Attorneys at Law

How Does a Pet Trust Work in Florida?

Providing for your children, your two-legged children, is important. It is so important, that even if you never seem to get around to creating formal estate planning documents, the State of Florida has your back. The law assumes that parents who die intestate—without a valid will or trust—still want to provide for their children. Toward […]

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Florida Probate Administration Frequently Asked Questions | Lindsay Allen Law - Naples Attorneys at Law

Florida Probate Administration Frequently Asked Questions

Our firm routinely (daily!) handles questions related to Florida probate administration, such as the following: What Is Florida Probate Administration? Probate Administration is the Court-supervised process of resolving a decedent’s financial affairs. Is Florida Probate Administration Always Required? Not always. For many decedents, there is no requirement to open a probate estate. A common reason […]

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What Really Happens If You Do Not Have Any Estate Planning? | Lindsay Allen Law - Naples Attorneys at Law

What Really Happens If You Do Not Have Any Estate Planning?

There’s an old saying that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So, what really happens if you do not have any estate planning done? Statutory Defaults. One obvious benefit of estate planning is to exercise your right to decide various matters related to yourself and your estate, such as: Who will make […]

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