Family Law

What Do You Need to Know About Florida Electronic Wills and Remote Notarization?

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / February 18, 2020 /

Since Jan. 1, residents of Key Largo and the Keys have expressed an interest in the legal changes regarding wills. Florida is entering a whole new digital era when it comes to estate planning. A law, which went into effect on New Year’s Day, now authorizes remote notarization for the majority of legal documents. This…

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Does Life Insurance Have to Go Through Probate Law in The Florida Keys?

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / January 31, 2020 /

One question that many people ask is whether life insurance must go through probate law in the Florida Keys. The simple answer is, generally, no. The beneficiaries designated in the individual’s policy will usually receive the proceeds from life insurance. Therefore, Florida does not usually consider them to be probate assets. However, cases aren’t always…

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Your Expert Overview of The Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / January 24, 2020 /

Florida residents who file for divorce have two options. They can either use the services of an attorney or handle their divorce independently. If you decide to represent yourself, you’ll need to understand the state’s requirements. The Florida family law rules of procedure set out the steps you must follow. Here, we take a closer…

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Is an Electronic Will Legal in Florida?

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / December 30, 2019 /

Until recently, electronic wills weren’t legal in Florida. Back in 2017, there was a unanimous vote in the Florida Senate to make electronic wills legal. However, the former governor vetoed the bill, so there were no changes made to probate law. Electronic wills weren’t quite dead in the water, however. Just days before the end…

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What Does Getting Divorced Mean for Your Tax Return?

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / December 16, 2019 /

At the end of the year, many of us think about tax savings. However, if you have a pending divorce, there are some issues to consider before filing your taxes. Should you file jointly or singly? Here, we take a closer look at the legal situation.  Are You Single or Married? This may seem like…

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The Inconsistencies of Florida Law in Single Women Surrogacy Cases

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / December 2, 2019 /

Anyone who has dealt with surrogacy cases will be aware of how complex this element of reproductive law can be. However, when it comes to single women wishing to use a surrogate to have a baby, it’s even more complicated. In Florida law, a single woman can use a surrogate to have a child. However,…

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Unmarried Couples and Florida Probate Law – Why Making A Will Matters

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / November 29, 2019 /

There are more than 7.5 million couples who live together in the United States without being legally married. The number of unmarried couples is rising all the time. However, if you’re not married and you’re in a long-term relationship, it’s extremely important to make a will. For nontraditional couples, estate planning is more vital than…

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Do Millennials Need an Estate Plan? Your Miami Florida Probate Attorney Says, “Yes”.

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / November 5, 2019 /

All too often, Millennials believe estate planning is not necessary for them. However, every Miami, Florida, probate attorney will advise that, even at this life stage, it is essential.  There are many reasons why Millennials think estate planning is not for them. They think it is too soon to think about dying. After all, they…

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Can I Benefit from A Prenup in A Same-Sex Marriage? Here Is Some Expert Advice from A Miami Family Law Attorney

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / November 5, 2019 /

The state of Florida has now legalized same-sex marriages. This is great news for people in same-sex relationships who want to make the commitment of a legal marriage ceremony. However, it also raises the issue of prenuptial agreements. Any Miami family law attorney will tell you that prenups have been common in heterosexual marriages for…

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Miami Probate Attorney Guide to Setting Up Pet Trusts

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / June 14, 2019 /

How Can I Provide for My Pets After My Death? If you’re seeking a probate attorney in Miami, you’re probably drawing up your will. It’s important to arrange how you would like to distribute your property and assets after you pass away. However, don’t forget to take your pets into account. Under Florida law, pets…

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