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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]