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What Can We Learn From Diego Armando Maradona’s Estate?

2021-02-02T14:17:14-05:00February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Estate Planning|

Many of us were saddened to hear that the Argentinian soccer star, Diego Armando Maradona, died in November at the age of 60. Arguably the one of the greatest soccer players of all time, after his death, Argentina issued a three-day period of mourning in honor of his passing. Known to live large, Maradona’s estate [...]

What Can We Learn From Criminal Court TV?

2020-12-31T16:41:36-05:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

This hits a little too close to home. Now y’all know my (not so) secret love of reality TV and my passion for the law, but this story is a troubling mashup. A Miami Judge, the Honorable Carroll Kelly, of the 11th Judicial Circuit, is facing ethics charges for allowing the producers of a reality [...]

What can we learn from The Queen?

2020-12-31T15:21:39-05:00December 11th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

I binged the Crown recently (don’t be so judgy LOL. In episode 4 of Season 4, The Queen sets up meetings with each of her four children to see them, for the first time, as humans and decide who is her “favourite.” This got me thinking about our estate planning and the roles we usually [...]

What Can We Learn From the Scooby-Doo Creators?

2020-12-31T13:19:15-05:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

The masterminds behind the series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Ken Spears (age 82) and Joe Ruby (age 87) died within three months of each other of natural causes earlier this year. Of course, their production company produced several other animated series including Alvin and the Chipmunks, Superman and Thundarr the Barbarian, but Scooby Doo is [...]

What Can We Learn From The Rock?

2020-09-08T13:12:19-04:00August 20th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|

Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, has it in his contract that his character can't a lose fight in the Fast & Furious franchise films. In fact, his contracts specify how badly he can be beaten up on screen. It's clear that these clauses are to avoid looking "wimpy" or changing the narrative without [...]

Kim, Kanye and Life Insurance, What Can We Learn From These Two?

2020-08-20T10:49:57-04:00August 13th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning, Florida Law, Insurance, Real Estate|

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are fighting (again, sigh). What happens when they divorce, they're Florida residents and Kanye's too busy taking over the world and forgets to remove Kim as his beneficiary on his life insurance? According to Florida law, Kim, as the former spouse is not entitled to the benefits. Section 732.703 states [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Hugh Hefner: An Estate Planning Role Model

2019-10-03T16:33:01-04:00October 31st, 2017|Categories: Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills|

In case you haven’t heard, Hugh Hefner “Hef”, the publisher of Playboy Magazine, died last month, at the age of ninety-one. Although his Will was not made public, It’s clear that Hef took the necessary steps to ensure that his estate plan was iron clad. Hef is survived by his third wife Crystal Hefner and [...]

Estate Planning for Same-Sex Unions in Florida

2019-10-03T16:45:56-04:00October 29th, 2014|Categories: Estate Planning|

The US Supreme Court, in United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013) recently held that for purposes of applying federal law, same-sex married couples residing in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriages (like New York) are to be treated the same as opposite-sex married couples. The Court, however, did not decide the legal [...]