Family Law

Top Tips for Mental Health for Those Contemplating Divorce in the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / June 18, 2020 /

Divorce can cause mental health issues and depression even at the best of times. However, during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the strain is even greater. Trying to cope with the anger, loneliness, and sadness that marital disruption causes under the current circumstances is especially challenging. People have sometimes described divorce as a form of bereavement…

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Stay-at-Home Order Causes Florida Divorce Rates to Rise

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / May 28, 2020 /

COVID-19 is sweeping the globe, and Florida is no exception. The state government has told families to stay at home. Couples are now living in close quarters 24 hours a day. While many expected there to be some element of disruption, one consequence has been an increase in separations. Couples are finding their relationships breaking…

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First Responder Divorced Parents Struggle with Child Time-Sharing

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / May 15, 2020 /

The world is going through a time of unprecedented upheaval and change because of the COVID-19 pandemic. All across the globe, governments are struggling to contain the spread of the disease. Countries and states are demanding that their citizens stay home to save lives. However, some citizens can’t stay home. First responders are on the…

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What Happens After Probate Is Closed in Florida and Estate Assets Are Later Discovered?

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / April 21, 2020 /

Although it rarely happens, sometimes a court will discover additional assets after a will’s beneficiaries have received their distributions. So, what happens after probate is closed in Florida, and the court discovers extra property? What happens if an unknown life insurance policy or bank account surfaces at a later stage? What Constitutes A Recently Discovered…

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Staying at Home? There’s Never Been A Better Time to Review Your Estate Plan

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / April 17, 2020 /

With the current stay-at-home order, you may find you have more time on your hands. How can you make the best use of it? With the current COVID-19 pandemic, your thoughts may be on your health. News of the serious impact of the novel coronavirus reaches us every day. More of us than ever before…

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Are You Overpaying for Probate Lawyer Fees?

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / April 6, 2020 /

Have you just been named as your family member’s estate executor after his or her death? Then, you’ll need to know how much you can expect to pay in probate lawyer fees. According to Florida statutes, you must carry out formal administration in certain circumstances. This applies if the estate’s compensable value is higher than…

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Which Are the Most Common Florida Probate Forms You May Need to Complete?

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / March 30, 2020 /

In the Florida Keys and Key Largo, there’s some confusion about the probate process. After all, lots of people in Islamorada, Plantation Key, and Tavernier find themselves handling a relative’s estate after their deaths. Florida has a streamlined process for probate called “Summary Administration.” Estates that have assets worth less than $75,000 use it. Estates…

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How Long Can an Estate Stay in Probate in Florida?

By Aislynn Thomas-McDonald / February 28, 2020 /

Many people in the Florida Keys have questions about the probate process in their state. One common inquiry made by residents of Key Largo is how long an estate can stay in probate in Florida? There is no single answer to this question. However, some guidelines will hold in most cases. Here, we take a…

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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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