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Estate Planning

Probate 101: A Guide to the Probate Process

When a person passes away, their estate must be settled. In Florida, many estates will go through a legal process known as probate.  As explained by the Florida Courts, “probate is a court-supervised process” during which a deceased person’s assets will be identified, gathered, and eventually distributed to the proper beneficiaries.  There are many myths […]

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Empowering Your Future: A Comprehensive Guide to the Power of Attorney 

Every adult in Florida should have a well-designed estate plan in place. Estate planning is about far more than determining who gets what. It is also about protecting your health, your rights, and your financial interests—no matter what tomorrow might bring. Incapacity planning is an essential part of estate planning. Power of attorney (POA) is […]

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Medicare 101: Answers to Your Top Five Questions

Medicare is a “federal health insurance for people 65 or older.” Every person who reaches this age has the right to enroll in Medicare to seek coverage for medical services. There are many myths and misconceptions about what Medicare actually is and how it works. At The Law Offices of Odelia Goldberg, we are committed […]

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The Importance of Estate Planning: Why You Need to Plan Ahead

Are you a South Florida resident who currently lacks a personalized estate plan? You are not the only one: The AARP reports that a shocking 60% of U.S. adults do not have basic estate planning documents in place. The right time to craft an estate plan is now. The importance of a customized, well-crafted estate […]

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Intestate Succession: What Happens When Someone Dies Without a Will?

Estate administration is complicated, and it can be even more complicated when a person passes away without a will. A last will and testament is a core estate planning document. It allows a person to control what happens to their property and their assets after they pass away. You may be wondering: What happens if […]

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10 Most Common Estate Planning Questions and Answers

Every adult should have a comprehensive, personally tailored estate plan in place. Yet, the AARP reports that 60% of Americans lack a will, let alone other estate planning documents. Without a proper estate plan, you are vulnerable. A properly designed estate plan should protect you, your family, and your finances. At The Law Offices of […]

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What Can We Learn From Star Trek?

It’s a great time to be alive! Streaming now on Paramount Plus is Star Trek: Picard, featuring the one and only Sir Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Yes, I’m a big nerd LOL. My name is Odelia Goldberg and I’m a Trekkie (Next Generation). We love what we love. Created in 1966 by Gene Roddenberry, the original Star […]

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What Can We Learn From Tom Petty?

Rocker Tom Petty died on Oct. 2, 2017, leaving behind his widow and two grown daughters from a previous marriage. Tom put together an estate plan that included a trust (so far so good). He named his wife, Dana York Petty, as the sole trustee (sounds right) but stated that his daughters, ““shall be entitled to participate […]

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What Can We Learn from the Boar’s Head Beef?

There’s a new beef among the Boar’s Head heirs LOL. The death of Barbara Brunckhorst, the daughter of one of the Boar’s Head co-founders, triggered a legal dispute between the descendants of the two families that control the meat company. Frank Brunckhorst and Bruno Bischoff started the Brooklyn-born, $1-billion-in-annual-revenue company by selling their meats from horse-drawn wagons […]

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What Can We Learn from Elizabeth Hurley?

Actress Elizabeth Hurley and her son, Damian Hurley, recently prevailed in a California legal battle over Damian’s inheritance from his billionaire grandfather. As it happens, Hurley and another woman, both had children (Damian and Kira) with the late Stephen Bing, whose father, Dr. Peter Bing, has an estimated $2 billion fortune. A fortune he didn’t want to […]

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What Can We Learn From Ed Sheeran?

Earlier this week, Ed Sheeran let it slip that he’s building a burial chamber on his Suffolk estate, which he refers to as “Sheeran-ville”.  The morbid addition to the Bad Habit singer’s home will be located in a church that is currently being constructed on his property. As we can imagine, the extensive renovations and additions […]

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What Can We Learn From Lucille Ball?

Being the Ricardos is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, starring Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball…”Lucy! I’m home!” Our lesson, however, is regarding Lucille Ball’s estate plan. Lucille Ball passed away on April 26, 1989, leaving a second husband (actor Gary Morton) and two children (Lucie and Desi Arnaz Jr.) from her marriage to Desi […]

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What Can We Learn From Jerry Garcia?

Martin Scorsese is directing a musical biopic about the Grateful Dead, with Jonah Hill as the iconic rock band’s front-man, Jerry Garcia. Many of us remember Garcia’s passing on August 9, 1995 at the young age of 53. Because he found his way into this newsletter, we’re not surprised to learn that his estate was […]

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What Can We Learn From Paris Hilton?

Paris Hilton is married! Hilton and her beau, Carter Reum, tied the knot on November 10, 2021, in LA. The wedding was attended by all of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH), Kim Kardashian and Paula Abdul, among other reality royalty. The festivities will air on Paris’s reality show as well as the RHOBH! […]

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What Can We Learn From the Addams Family?

The Addams Family 2 hit the theaters October 2nd, and this got me thinking, what estate plan would I give this creepy, spooky, kooky family? A retired lawyer, Gomez would certainly have gone through the trouble of an elaborate estate plan. We’ve seen Gomez squander money in a cavalier manner, loses it on stocks, and […]

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What Can We Learn From a Vampire’s Estate Plan?

Who can forget the 1994 Interview With the Vampire movie starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt? Not this girl! Well, soon to come is The Vampire Chronicles, an eight-episode AMC sequel with Sam Reid as the vampire Lestat based on Ann Rice’s popular novels. So that got me thinking, what would the best undead character, […]

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What Can We Learn From the ‘Sex and the City’ Reboot?

And just like that, Sex and the City is coming back! A 10-episode revival will include 3 members of the original cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis. Those of us “in the know”, are not surprised that Kim Cattrall won’t return to her role as Samantha Jones. I get it, she’s not […]

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What Can We Learn From Crypto Reality TV?

As reality TV takes over the world (or is that just me projecting?), we find ourselves discussing a South Korean reality television show that focuses on crypto investors, bitcoin (BTC) enthusiasts and miners. So, this begs the question; what can we learn from crypto TV? Despite its name, cryptocurrency is not treated like bank accounts, […]

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What Can We Learn From Tony Hsieh

Tony Hsieh, the founder of Zappos, passed away this year after a tragic accident at the age of 46. Worth around $850 million dollars at his death, Tony has become well-known for the critical mistakes he made in his estate planning. It turns out Tony died without a will (of course!) and instead left “thousands” […]

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What Can We Learn From Larry King?

One of pop-culture’s favorite newsmen, Larry King lived a colorful life (married 8 times!!) and his estate is proving to be just as exciting (Well, at least for me, lol). It turns out that he scribbled down a few sentences during his last divorce. As every reader of this blog already knows, a handwritten last […]

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What Can We Learn From Cardi B’s Tattoo Snafu?

Cardi B is heading to court to defend the picture on her first album, Gangsta B—h Music Vol. 1. Kevin Brophy Jr., is suing Cardi B for $5M and alleging that she misappropriated his likeness by using his back tattoo as part of the album artwork. He argues that Cardi B used the tattoo in […]

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What Can We Learn From Joe Robbie’s Estate?

Joe Robbie, the former owner the Miami Dolphins passed away in January 1990. The bulk of his estate was tied up in the Dolphins, and he had clearly not been reading my newsletters. Riddled with family fighting, Robbie’s children were forced to sell the franchise at a deeply discounted price in order to pay the […]

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What Can We Learn From Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West’s Divorce?

I guess we all could predict this fracture of union, but as a lover of love (don’t laugh) it’s sad to see. Still, there is so much to learn from these two. We’ve all heard that Kanye’s mental state has been a topic of discussion and while I don’t have an opinion on the matter, […]

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What Can We Learn From Tom Carvel’s Estate Plan?

Tom Carvel (yes, of Carvel Ice Cream), the creator of soft serve ice cream and one of the founding fathers of the franchise system in America passed away in 1990 with an estate valued at $67 million. A sticky mess, with over 18 years of litigation and more than 40 attorneys involved, around $28 million […]

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