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  • Do biological adult children of the deceased have a property claim in an intestate estate where the step-parent survives?

    Two properties are owned by Spouse A and Spouse B JOINTLY. Do Spouse A's children, who are NOT Spouse B's children, have any claim to the estate, especially the non-homestead property, if Spouse A dies INTESTATE? OR, if the properties are jointl...

    Joseph’s Answer

    I agree with NO-the property would belong to surviving spouse.

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  • Estate Planning Attorneys... HELP!! To store a Last Will on-line or not?

    There is a site that offers to store (scan) my Last Will and Trust online for no fee. I dont know whether I should or not. Please tell me if you support Online Will Storage? Do you store your clients wills online? What happens if my family c...

    Joseph’s Answer

    You must protect the original or have your attorney secure it for you.
    We store copies of all documents electronically for clients.

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  • If I plan to deed my home to my son, life estate back, will my senior property tax exemption in Hillsborough Cnty FL be viable?

    For tax planning purposes, I plan to deed my homesteaded single fam. residence to my eldest son, and he will give me life estate back for my comfort and protection, to avoid probate taxes... will the life estate aspect deny the home my senior (age...

    Joseph’s Answer

    You might consider deeding the property from you to yourself with a life estate
    and remainder to your son.

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  • Do I have grounds to sue a funeral home for improperly burying my father at a property that was not certified as a cemetery ?

    The funeral home wants to move my fathers grave to another location because the inspector has not granted permission to bury on the property. They are trying to throw things in like paying for the new plot and all costs to move and headstone but a...

    Joseph’s Answer

    Maybe-it depends on all the facts of the case.
    Did they sell you the plot or did you hire them to do the burial
    on a space you bought somewhere else?

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  • I placed my home and property in my daughters name. If I would have to go into a nursing home, would they still take my home ?

    I put my home in her name also becauce I planned to remarry and it should go to her because my late husband worked so hard to buy it. Its only worth about $50,000.

    Joseph’s Answer

    The transfer would be subject to the five year look back rule.

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  • How to choose a Trustee/Trust Protector for Irrevocable Trusts that will not go against your wishes and stealing from your Trust

    money changes people and I do not know how to select a Trustee or Trust Protector that would be honest.

    Joseph’s Answer

    Attorney's are oftern a great choice for the job of "Trust Protector'.
    Estate planning attorneys understand trusts are suppose to work and when
    changes are necessary.
    They are also goverened by the ethics of the Florida Bar.

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  • My son ssi benefits were cut off because my assets. What options do I have??

    I have two boys that have special needs. I purchased a lot to build someday for my family. But it has value and is causing issues with their money. I was told their is nothing to be done except to sell. But, that option is long fetched. Also, my b...

    Joseph’s Answer

    Yes-you always have options.
    You need a disability attorney as suggested to work out your best plan.

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  • Can ownership of a house left in a will be divided as a business as in 50-50.

    i want ownership dived between 2 children.

    Joseph’s Answer

    Yes-you can devise a house 50/50.
    Most executors/personal representatives would sell the
    home and divide the cash from the sale

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  • IF a son inherited the sale of his father's house after the father passed away , is the soneresponsible for unpaid debt

    iF a son inherited the sale of his father's house after the father passed away and the father has around $50k in debt, credit cards, car loan and medical bills is the son now responsible to pay the father's from the proceeds from the sale of the ...

    Joseph’s Answer

    The estate is liable for the debt-not you personally.

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  • Conservatorship Petition - Conservatee's home is held in living trust. Does value of the home need to be listed on the petition?

    Item No. 3(e)(5) asks for estimated value of real property. Since the grant deed of the home is titled in the name of the trust, does the home need to be listed in the conservatorship petition? It's in a trust and presumably outside of the conser...

    Joseph’s Answer

    No-assets in a trust do not have to be listed as explained.

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