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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Testimonial #3

2019-10-07T17:13:06-04:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Testimonials|

Your assistance this past weekend was immeasurable. We were so scared that all of our documentation would be lost for good after the break-in. You gave us peace of mind in knowing that we didn't need to start over and we're lucky that we chose you as our attorney.   B.Cohen - Aventura, FL. February [...]

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 [...]

Breaking News – Aretha Franklin Had Three Wills

2019-10-03T16:20:23-04:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: Wills|

Hang on to your hats people, Aretha Franklin had THREE Wills! If you recall, I recently wrote an especially titillating article about how the Queen of Soul passed away intestate, without a will or trust. Come to find out that she had drafted three handwritten wills, recently discovered in her Michigan home. And because we love to [...]

Here We Go Again(ish) – What Can We Learn from John Singleton’s Estate?

2019-10-03T16:21:04-04:00May 17th, 2019|Categories: Wills|

The Boys N' The Hood director passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019 with an estate estimated at $35M and a Will from 1993.  Although a Will doesn't expire, an outdated Will is almost (not quite) as bad as not having a Will. Singleton is survived by seven children, however, only his first-born child, Justice, [...]

Estate Planning, a Family Affair

2019-10-03T16:23:04-04:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Estate Planning|

It happens sometimes.  Not to me, because I have the BEST clients ever, that read my crazy newsletters diligently (love you too baby)! But my estate planning lawyer friends tell me that it happens....a husband and wife come in for estate planning and then one of the spouses reaches out "privately" to the lawyer to ask [...]

Chill, We Have a Trust for Cryonics

2019-10-03T16:32:16-04:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: Trusts|

Cryonics is the practice of deep-freezing recently dead bodies in the hope that scientific advances will allow them to be revived in the future.  The next logical question is, how can one ensure access to their funds once thawed.  Ok, maybe that’s not the next logical question, but it is a very good question. The [...]

Blackbeard’s Blockchain

2019-10-15T20:14:08-04:00March 1st, 2019|Categories: Financial, Uncategorized|

If this story is reminiscent of Pirate treasures buried in the Caribbean in the 17th Century, that's because it is. The booty, in this case, cryptocurrency and other blockchain-based assets, is hidden through private keys that act as password-like secrets granting their owners access.  There's even a term, "cold storage," that refers to this method of securing virtual [...]

Could a “Private Sexual Oasis” Increase Your Property Value?

2019-10-10T16:51:44-04:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Real Estate|

You can’t make this stuff up.  A house in Philadelphia, listed for $750,000, features pictures that strongly resemble a sex dungeon.  The description demurely referred to the room in the finished basement as a “private sexual oasis.”  It’s also being sold furnished and as-is, folks.  LOL The listing went live last Thursday and garnered considerable [...]

What Can Be Learned from Mac Miller’s Estate Plan

2019-10-03T16:39:47-04:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: Trusts, Wills|Tags: , , |

Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, the rap artist, passed away on September 7 with an estate estimated at 14 million dollars.  The 26-year-old rapper set up both a trust and a will in 2013!   I know, this information is enough for anarticle these days!! But there's more...as expected, he named [...]

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Got Married… Without a Prenup

2019-10-03T16:45:29-04:00October 12th, 2018|Categories: Estate Planning|

Although they both reached out to lawyers for a prenup, Justin and Hailey contacted their attorneys the very same day that they got hitched.  There’s no way to get a prenup drafted and signed that quickly.  It turns out Justin is so in love he doesn't see the need for one. Justin's net worth is [...]

When Disinheritance Is a Good Thing – the Last Will and Testament of Burt Reynolds

2019-10-10T16:53:46-04:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Trusts, Wills|Tags: , |

Hollywood star Burt Reynolds intentionally left his son, Quinton, out of his will, but it doesn’t appear to be due to bad blood.  The actor known for his roles in “Smokey and the Bandit”, “Deliverance” and “Boogie Nights,” provided for his 30-year-old son via a trust. “Disinherited” is a word you don’t want to hear, [...]

What Can Be Learned From George and Barbara Bush’s Estate Plans

2019-10-10T16:44:51-04:00December 14th, 2018|Categories: Estate Planning|

George H.W. Bush’s death, less than eight months after his wife’s does not feel like a surprise.  We often see the death of a longtime married couple in quick succession and even have a name for it, “broken-heart syndrome” a romantic notion that two hearts are so entwined that they can’t bear to be without [...]

Who’s Your Daddy?

2019-10-03T16:47:03-04:00January 11th, 2019|Categories: Wills|

What happens when a self-made millionaire leaves most of his fortune to his son, only for a paternity test to reveal there was no biological relation between the two men? Elis Gosta Hjukstrom died of cancer in 2017 at the age of 87, leaving a Canadian import and distribution business and a Swedish family estate.  [...]