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Author Archives: Jay Butchko


How are Estate Taxes Handled in Florida Probate?

By Suncoast Civil Law |

It has been said that in life, only two things are quite certain: death, and taxes. But it is difficult to know what you just do not know, when we are planning our own estate plans, or trying to manage a loved one’s estate through the probate process. The last thing anyone wants to… Read More »


Digital Assets in Florida Probate

By Suncoast Civil Law |

It is hard to believe how vastly today’s digital world has advanced in the past twenty-five years alone. Through human history, the passing on of estates included physical items such as forms of transportation and plots of land. While that is still certainly the case, in today’s day and age those who are creating… Read More »


Undue Influence in Florida Estate Planning

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Many individuals carefully plan and construct a thorough estate plan that dictates how their assets and estate will be handled and distributed after their death. Unfortunately, these same individuals can become vulnerable to bad-actors who take advantage of an ill or aged person in order to manipulate a benefit to themselves into the last… Read More »


Homestead Protection in Florida

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Most people find the ins and outs of probate to be complicated. While this can certainly be the case, a lot of the stress and anxiety can be alleviated through testators learning what tools are available to them in creating their estate plan. One of the primary causes of stress for many family members… Read More »


Marital Contracts Can Affect Your Estate Long-Term: What You Need to Know Before You Sign

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Most people under most circumstances are perfectly free and able to make and execute an estate plan that perfectly reflects their wishes. However, when one is drafting their last will and testament, they need to keep in mind that the terms of a last will and testament do not act to supersede outside contractual… Read More »


Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure in Florida

By Suncoast Civil Law |

The U.S. is facing a tough economy. Florida, in particular, has seen a rise in housing woes and angst on a number of fronts. If you are facing the possibility of foreclosure, know that there are options available to you. One such option is a “deed in lieu of foreclosure.” A deed in lieu… Read More »


Inheritance Theft and Tortious Interference in Florida

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Many people work their entire lives with an eye on leaving a lasting legacy to their kids, or another loved one. Losing a close loved one is awful enough, it can add insult to injury to find, after a loved one has passed, that the inheritance you expected is going to another party. Sometimes… Read More »


What You Need to Know About Revocable vs Irrevocable Trusts: Part Two

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Our previous article introduced a few concepts regarding revocable and irrevocable trusts. It is clear that both of these legal constructs can be invaluable tools in building your estate plan, as they both offer unique capabilities and protections when it comes to distribution of estate assets. However, there are several, important distinctions between these… Read More »


What You Need to Know About Revocable vs Irrevocable Trusts: Part One

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Trusts are utilized by countless individuals throughout the country as a crucial tool in building their estate plan. There is good reason for utilizing a Trust as a tool in your belt when building your own estate plan. These legal constructs can protect your assets and help ensure that they are distributed according to… Read More »


Importance of Foreclosure Defense Amid Florida’s Homeowners Insurance Crisis

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Farmers Insurance recently decided to discontinue new coverage in Florida. This sent shockwaves through the state of its own accord, and now the insurance company “Progressive” has announced that they plan to “non-renew” approximately half of its home insurance policies in December. This is an estimated 100,000 policies. These major departures of prominent insurance… Read More »