A Digital Will for a Digital World

The Digital World When Copernicus announced that the Earth revolves around the Sun, there were likely some folks in his audience who politely nodded and returned to darning their socks, making pierogis, or whatever else 16th century Polish peasants were wont to do to pass the time.  Do not be a pierogi-making peasant, and pay heed to our equally revolutionary proposition: the world is becoming more and more digital each day, whether you like it or not, and it is high time to adapt – especially your estate planning procedures. Consider that by 2017, 92% of Americans were using the …

Demystifying Probate in Florida

As estate planning attorneys, we use the word “probate” so often that we lose sight of the fact that the concept is not so familiar to the uninitiated. Indeed, in our last article, we discussed avoiding “digital probate.” In the following article, not only will we define the term, but we will explain the nuances of the process in Florida. What is Probate? “Probate” comes from the same Latin verb as “prove” and “probative.” Indeed, probate literally means “something proved,” and for our purposes that “something” is a will. So, in a sense, probate is the process of “proving” a …

Estate Planning for Millennials

Confession I must confess something before we get to far into this post.  Despite my best efforts to act like a grumbly octogenarian whenever it’s not too socially uncouth—I am a millennial. What is a Millennial? Millennials, defined by the Pew Research Center, as those individuals born between 1981 and 1996, are commonly looked down upon by the Baby Boomers (1946-1964) and Generation X (1965-1980).[1] Often mistaken for hipsters, which is as much an overemphasized subculture of the millennial era as the beatniks were of the early Baby Boomer years, millennials often get a bad rap.  Not all of us …