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Category Archives: Estate Planning


Former Florida Mayor Loses Law License Following Estate Law Misconduct

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Last spring the community of St. Augustine was rocked by the news that their former mayor, of nearly a decade, was under investigation and suspended from the Florida Bar. The Florida Bar guards the integrity of the practice of law in Florida. The Florida Bar, in conjunction with The Florida Supreme Court, are responsible… Read More »


Estate Planning for Parents

By Suncoast Civil Law |

As every parent knows: everything changes when you have kids. Parts of your life that you were not worried about suddenly urgently need attention (gotta cover those electrical outlets with plastic plugs…is my dog going to be baby-friendly?…I wonder if the school district here will cut it, or we’ll have to move…) Along with… Read More »


Tips for Choosing an Executor for Your Estate

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Choosing an executor for your estate can send a ripple effect that is felt for generations. Our legacy is the most important thing we leave behind – choosing the right executor of your estate is a crucial decision. Perhaps no one else has more power over the successful distribution of your assets and fulfillment… Read More »


Highlighting Some Risks Of Joint Ownership In Florida Estate Planning

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Florida’s probate process is infamous for a reason. The time cost, public record, and expense that inherently come with the process make it a no-brainer for many savvy Floridians to utilize estate planning tools in order to minimize the amount of probate the estate will have to go through. One popular option is to… Read More »


What Is Legacy Planning, And How Does It Relate to Estate Planning?

By Suncoast Civil Law |

When most people think of “estate planning,” they think of ensuring that major assets – like the family home – as well as investments, etc. are passed onto their loved ones. However, there are a number of other additional concerns involved, especially for those who want to ensure that a particular legacy is left… Read More »


Estate Planning Strategies for Singles Without Children (And Why They Are So Important)

By Suncoast Civil Law |

As attorneys who regularly counsel clients on creating and maintaining their estate plans here in Florida, we see a lot of couples with children interested in estate planning, while also noticing that a number of single individuals without children haven’t really given the topic much thought. However, for a number of reasons, it is… Read More »


Why You Must Have an Estate Plan in Place, Even If You Do Not Have Children

By Suncoast Civil Law |

It is very important to note that, even if you do not have children, it is crucial that you have an estate plan in place—not only so that your assets do not pass  to individuals you’d rather they not—but so that you do not find yourself in trouble, without assistance, should you become incapacitated…. Read More »


How to Go About Incorporating Charitable Giving Into Your Estate Plan

By Suncoast Civil Law |

As attorneys who regularly advise clients in the area of estate planning, we regularly receive a number of questions about charitable giving, especially as it overlaps with estate planning and donating at the time of death. Incorporating charitable giving into your estate plan can become complex under some circumstances. Below, we discuss some of… Read More »


Making Your Florida Estate Plan “Doomsday Ready”

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Florida has unfortunately seen its fair share of devastation from Hurricane Michael and other hurricanes, resulting in absolutely terrible losses. Truthfully, losing everything in an instant can happen to anyone, at any time. Because of circumstances like these, everyone should have a plan in place in case they are suddenly forced out of their… Read More »


The Eight Most Essential Estate Planning Steps

By Suncoast Civil Law |

You might be surprised to find out that six in 10 adults haven’t yet drawn up basic estate planning documents, such as a will or durable power of attorney. However, this is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure that you and your loved ones are protected, should something happen…. Read More »