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  Although a Will doesn't expire, an outdated Will is almost (not quite) as bad as not having a Will.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, [Read More ...]

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 [Read More ...]

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 [Read More ...]

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 [Read More ...]

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 [Read More ...]

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 [Read More ...]

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 [Read More ...]

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, [Read More ...]

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 [Read More ...]

Law and Wills – Celebrity Victims Unit

2019-10-03T16:50:45-04:00September 7th, 2018|Categories: Wills|

In the estate planning process, beneficiary designation mistakes are considered especially costly.  In Florida, dedicated attorneys who handle wills, trusts and probate matters are members of an elite squad known as estate planning attorneys.  These are their stories.  Dun Dun. Couldn’t resist.  Below are a few of my favorite celebrities’ estate planning blunders and the [Read More ...]

Why Every Realtor Should Have an Established Attorney-Relationship

2019-10-10T16:51:57-04:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Real Estate|

I was recently speaking with a new friend, a realtor, and she was telling me an all too familiar tale.  There was a deal, it was going bad, there was an independent realtor, to make a long story short, she lost her commission.  She told me that her broker wasn’t particularly interested in fighting it [Read More ...]

Aretha Franklin Had No Estate Plan

2019-10-03T16:44:42-04:00August 24th, 2018|Categories: Estate Planning|

Five people reached out to me to let me know that the Queen of Soul passed away intestate, without a will or trust.  You guys are reading my emails and know my genre! Franklin’s lack of an estate plan is surprising for three reasons.  (1) She had been ill for quite some time with pancreatic [Read More ...]

Jeffrey Homer, Esq.

2019-10-14T15:52:27-04:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Our Team|

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 of Miami. He, along with his staff, has been devoted to assisting south Floridians with exceptional counsel and representation for real estate law matters for over 40 years. Jeffrey [Read More ...]

Mary Logan

2019-10-14T16:02:03-04:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Our Team|

Since 1995, Mary Logan has been working as a paralegal. With experience in real estate and estate planning, Mary is a valuable asset to the team. In her spare time, Mary likes to travel and spending time with her family.

What Can We Learn From Anthony Bourdain’s Estate Plan?

2019-10-10T16:45:44-04:00July 27th, 2018|Categories: Estate Planning, Wills|

Anthony Bourdain not only loved to explore but also made it a point to inspire others to travel.  In his Last Will and Testament, he specifically bequeathed his frequent flyer miles to his wife and asked that she “dispose of [them] in accordance with what [she] believes to have been my wishes.” Although most loyalty [Read More ...]

Death Disrupted: New Technologies to Digitize Life

2019-10-03T16:44:53-04:00August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Estate Planning|

I spend a lot of my day talking about and planning for death.  Until now, it’s been an inevitability of life.  However, a la Black Mirror, artificial intelligence specialists and computer scientists say they are close to creating programs to digitize the mind.  A startup claims to have successfully preserved an animal’s brain connectomes to [Read More ...]

Navigating the Trust Agreement Highway

2019-10-03T16:31:49-04:00July 6th, 2018|Categories: Estate Planning, Trusts|Tags: , |

Just like cars, there are many different types of trusts out there for you to select. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept, here is a run-down; a trust is a legal arrangement that allows a third party, or trustee, to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiaries. Most trusts [Read More ...]

Credit Card Debt After Death

2019-10-03T16:53:07-04:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Financial|

One of the most common question I’m asked is, “what happens to my loved-one’s credit card debt when they pass away?  More importantly, will it be my responsibility?” When you take out a credit card in your name, you’re agreeing to repay whatever you borrow. That obligation doesn’t extend to your family, friends or, in [Read More ...]

Does Your Trust Need a Facelift?

2019-10-03T16:32:10-04:00April 27th, 2018|Categories: Estate Planning, Trusts|Tags: , , |

Hey, we do live in South Florida. But seriously, I come across many trusts created in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s where life was slower, and trusts were irrevocable. These irrevocable trusts had a goal to reduce the size of a person's estate to avoid estate tax. If you've been reading my  newsletters, you [Read More ...]

Prince’s Estate is a Mess

2019-10-03T16:52:59-04:00April 20th, 2018|Categories: Estate Planning|

There’s no other way to say it.  Almost two years after the legendary singer died, Prince’s estate is more convoluted than ever.  To the best of our knowledge, the Purple One didn’t have a will.  Leaving behind an estimated $300 million estate, Prince died without parents, children or a spouse declared as his heirs. As a [Read More ...]

Do Not Resuscitate Tattoo

2019-10-03T16:45:02-04:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: Estate Planning|

Just when you think you’ve seen it all….an unconscious patient was brought into a Miami emergency room with the words “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed across his chest.  The word “Not” was underlined, and the tattoo included a signature.  The patient had a history of pulmonary disease and lived at a nursing home.  He was found [Read More ...]

Family Holiday Discussions

2019-10-29T10:17:41-04:00April 19th, 2018|Categories: Estate Planning|

I'm often asked how to prevent family squabbles once a loved-one passes away.  Surprisingly, the answer is to ensure a common understanding of the estate plan.  Even an "unfair" plan, where one person doesn't feel they are receiving their fair share, is more easily digestible if communicated correctly.  Coincidentally, Holidays are a perfect time to [Read More ...]

The Worst State to Die In 2017 (from a state death tax perspective)

2019-10-10T16:44:36-04:00November 17th, 2017|Categories: Estate Planning|

There are currently 18 states plus the District of Columbia that impose either an estate or inheritance tax or both.  Nine of those states are introducing death tax changes in 2017, and they’re all changes that lessen the tax bite.  How much you may leave your heirs free of state death tax depends on where [Read More ...]

A Text Message is No Substitute for a Will

2019-10-03T16:41:01-04:00November 10th, 2017|Categories: Wills|

It appears that a gentleman in Queensland, Australia, wrote out a text distributing his property to this brother and nephew and disinheriting his wife and son.  He ended the text with the words "my will" but never sent it.  A few hours after preparing the text, he tragically took his own life.  The text was [Read More ...]

Bit by Bit – Bitcoin and South Florida Real Estate

2019-10-03T16:56:11-04:00November 6th, 2017|Categories: Financial|

Bitcoin is considered the first decentralized digital currency and with or without us, it's already a global phenomenon. Most people that I know want to invest in Bitcoins, hoping the price against the USD appreciates significantly and they can make a profit from it. However, some industries, including real estate, are starting to capitalize on [Read More ...]