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Claiming household exemption in Florida can be tough for some

Florida remains a popular place to retire for many people from out of state. Some people with sufficient means choose to split their time between two homes: autumn and winter in Florida, spring and summer further north.

What happens to my social media accounts after I die?

Though many social media sites seem to be aimed at tweens, teenagers and young adults, people of all ages enjoy services like Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and Instagram. One survey estimates that 88 percent of Americans aged 50 to 64 are online in some form. Many of them upload photographs and personal data like bank account information, in the hope that this data is secure online.

Can my estate plan include unborn beneficiaries?

We can't predict the future nor can we rewrite our estate plans every time anything happens at all in our lives that could affect a decision in our plan. It is important that estate plans prepare for the unknown through careful drafting and alternative terms. It is also why you should not only have an attorney to help, but carefully select one who is experienced in drafting wills, trusts and other instruments.

4 more estate planning mistakes to avoid

Back on Sept. 17, we discussed common mistakes too many people in Florida make when it comes to their estate plan. Today, we will add a few to the list that readers will want to avoid while drawing up or amending their plan. Hopefully, with the right estate planning attorney to help, none of our readers will fall into the following traps.

How an estate plan can help you control your end-of-life care

Wills and trusts are the parts of the typical estate plan that deal with what to do with your property after you pass away. But a well-crafted estate plan does not have to focus solely on this important matter. We also have the power to tell our doctors and loved ones how we wish to be cared for, if we are ever too ill or incapacitated to do so ourselves.

4 reasons a will can be challenged

Not every estate administration goes smoothly after a person passes away. Even if the decedent worked with an estate planning attorney to create a clear, comprehensive plan to dispose of his or her possessions, there could be a challenge from someone who feels that he or she was wrongfully excluded from the will or trust.

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