Are You a Super-Duper Influencer or Just a Super Influencer?

2020-07-21T16:14:11-04:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

The term "super influencer" has emerged as a public figure critical to a brand's success, amassing followers and shortly after wealth. Most likely, it'll be your teenager that's the influencer in the family, but it could be you (heck-yeah, we're still cool!) The lack the proper business succession and estate planning tools to safeguard these [Read More ...]

Why Estate Planning Matters During Coronavirus and What You Can Do to Prepare

2020-07-21T16:10:29-04:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Trusts, Wills|

The outbreak of Coronavirus has people all over the world thinking about their advanced directives. While this topic is generally annoying to think about (adulting is annoying) and even more annoying to discuss with your loved ones, estate planning is now more than ever a critical tool that can be used to assure that your [Read More ...]

What Can Be Learned From Madonna’s Co-Op Board Fight?

2020-07-21T16:03:40-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Categories: Real Estate|

It all started in 2008 when Madonna bought her Manhattan pad for $7.3 million sans guest restrictions. In 2014, the co-op board changed the rules and one under 16 years of age could reside in the apartment unless a resident over the age of 21 was present. Two years after the rule change, in 2016, [Read More ...]

What Can be Learned from Katy Perry’s Real Estate fight with G-d?

2020-07-21T16:16:18-04:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: Real Estate|

She actually fought with two Catholic nuns, but almost the same thing, no? Katy's woes began in 2013 when she brought a convent that had been home to the Order of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a sprawling eight-acre estate located in the hills of L.A, for $14.5 million. [Read More ...]

What Can Be Learned From Bethenny Frankel’s Real Estate Debacle?

2020-07-21T16:17:57-04:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Real Estate, Trusts|

It all started when the former Real Housewife wanted to hide her identity during the purchase of her $5 million Tribeca apartment. The genius that she is, created a trust and claims that she instructed her attorney to have only her as the beneficiary. He however, named both her and her then soon-to-be-ex-husband as the [Read More ...]

What Can Be Learned from Kenny Rodger’s Estate?

2020-07-21T16:19:45-04:00April 3rd, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

The legendary county singer, Kenny Rogers passed away on March 20 at the age of 81. The six-decade superstar sustained 5 marriages and a restaurant chain. Given his entrepreneurial ambitions, there is a chance that the Gambler's Personal Representative will need to act before the Judge makes it into his chambers to sign the probate [Read More ...]

Henry VIII of England and Florida Surviving Spouse’s Homestead

2020-07-21T16:23:58-04:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

Florida Homestead laws, actually a part of the Florida constitution, are difficult to navigate and what better guide than King Henry VIII and his former 6 wives! Lets assume that the 1509-1547 English Monarch resided in Florida, never added any of his victims (er...wives) to the deed on his homestead property and didn't have a [Read More ...]

You’re out of My Will and You Know Why

2020-07-21T16:05:50-04:00February 20th, 2020|Categories: Wills|

I'm just kidding, you have no idea why.   I did just see that clause in a Will this week and wanted to share with my friends.  LOL Regardless.... I'd like to give an update on our operations and our commitment to service in these crazy times. As always, we are dedicated to ensuring a safe [Read More ...]

Controversial Florida Vacation Rental Laws

2020-07-21T16:06:12-04:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: Real Estate|

It's getting hot in the sunshine state, a bit of local real estate news for you.  This blog is not just beautiful, it's smart too ;-) This past Tuesday, a Florida state Senate panel approved a proposal that would give the state, not local officials, control over the regulation of Florida short-term rentals. Under current [Read More ...]

What can be learned from Megxit

2020-07-21T16:42:02-04:00February 1st, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

By now, we've all digested the controversial news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping down as senior royals and moving to Canada. A lot of opinions have been shared, but I'm going to unpack the estate planning lesson from their withdrawal. Should the Sussexes embrace Canadian culture and get a winter residence here [Read More ...]

What Can Be Learned from Peter Stringfellow’s Estate

2020-07-21T16:43:35-04:00January 1st, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

Strip club king Peter Stringfellow left only a £1M estate despite amassing a £37M fortune. Flamboyant Peter, who died in June of 2018 at the age of 77, left most of his surprisingly small estate to his third wife, Bella, 41 years his junior. It's unclear whether the businessman's estate was smaller than he anticipated [Read More ...]

Sometimes They Get It Right – Florida Open Permit Law Changes

2019-10-10T10:50:30-04:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: Florida Law|

Last month, the Florida statute has been amended to provide a clearer process for property owners to close out old, expired permits. There are several noteworthy provisions; the statute now (1) allows an owner to hire a new contractor to finish the work without liability for the original contractor's work, (2) allows an owner to [Read More ...]

Sin Protection, Should Your Company Hold Disgrace Insurance?

2019-10-10T16:51:21-04:00August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Insurance|

Reputations are fragile, to say the least. Pervasive videos and social media, supercharged by #MeToo, can result in high-profile disasters (think Kevin Spacey, Roseanne and Lori Laughlin) leading companies to look for new ways to mitigate the risks of key players’ reputational collapse. In Hollywood (California), studios hire risk managers, dig deep into stars’ backgrounds [Read More ...]

To Be or Not to Be – Assisted Suicide aka Death with Dignity

2019-10-03T16:16:27-04:00August 9th, 2019|Categories: Florida Law|

America is such a large country; it makes sense to me that the individual states differ. We even have a name for when state and federal laws disagree called the supremacy clause, which is part of article VI of the Constitution. When we think of state laws and the differences between the states, we usually consider [Read More ...]

Florida E-Notarization?

2019-10-03T16:19:01-04:00July 19th, 2019|Categories: Florida Law|

Well, it’s happening guys.  I guess it was only a matter of time, but Florida has moved one step closer to digitizing documents and we now have an electronic/remote notarization statute.  I used to liken notaries to police officers, only having jurisdiction in their state.  A notary was only able to notarize a document while [Read More ...]

What Can Be Learned from Gloria Vanderbilt’s Estate Plan

2019-10-10T16:44:59-04:00July 12th, 2019|Categories: Estate Planning|

Gloria Vanderbilt, the railroad fortune heiress, left most of the Vanderbilt fortune to her youngest son, Anderson Cooper. On a personal note, I just love Cooper’s giggle, and feel for that reason alone she made the right choice! Vanderbilt’s eldest child, Leopold Stanislous Stokowski, was left with his mother's apartment in Manhattan and Vanderbilt's other [Read More ...]

Testimonial #5

2019-10-07T17:12:55-04:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Testimonials|

Five stars experience!  We recently moved from North Carolina and were in need of an estate planning attorney in South Florida.  We didn’t know the area and several of our new neighbors independently gave us Odelia Goldberg’s contact information and raved about her services.  They were right!  She was professional, knowledgeable and so personable at [Read More ...]

It May Pay to Get Cheated On

2019-10-10T10:51:51-04:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: Florida Law|

Reminiscent of an Ally McBeal episode, just a few weeks ago, a North Carolina man sued his ex-wife's lover and was awarded $750,000. The man, Robert Kevin Howard, relied on an old English law from the 1800s, rooted in the idea that a wife is her husband’s property (LOL) and therefore, he can sue anyone [Read More ...]

Testimonial #4

2019-10-07T17:13:01-04:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Testimonials|

A few weeks ago, Odelia Goldberg completed estate plan documents for one of our clients. Her knowledge of the subject matter was immediately evident. Additionally, she explained everything in layman's terms. Odelia was patient and answered all of client's questions. The estate plan that was put together was specifically designed to fit our client's individual [Read More ...]

Oops We Did It Again – We’re Expecting….

2019-10-10T17:08:44-04:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Yet ANOTHER attorney to join our firm!! We're so fortunate and honored to welcome Mr. Jeffrey Homer as an of counsel attorney to the Law Offices of Odelia Goldberg. Mr. Homer has been practicing law since 1976 and received his B.A. Degree from the University of Illinois and his Juris Doctor Degree from the University [Read More ...]