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When it comes to estate planning, the conversations can be both unwelcome and difficult. They are important, however, to protecting your future and that of your loved ones. The estate planning lawyers at DeLoach, Hofstra & Cavonis, P.A. have helped countless Floridians have these essential discussions to craft an effective estate plan. We understand that while it may be difficult to address an uncertain future, taking the time to craft a plan today can save resources, maintain family relationships, and leave a lasting legacy. Our blog shares key information to help you and your loved ones begin this important process.

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  • A Tribute to John Pecarek We were speechless in hearing about the death of estate planning and probate attorney John Pecarek. John was a gentleman attorney and excellent to his clients.
  • 2018 Holiday Photo Shoot Our Estate Planning and Elder Law team headed to Sunset Beach for their holiday card photo shoot. Watch the behind-the-scenes video of our beach outing!
  • Aretha Franklin had no Will or Trust Wow, Aretha Franklin did not even have a last will and testament or a living trust, which would have kept her estate matters private. How could a living trust helped her estate plan? Find our more from our Florida probate attorney
  • A Death Close to Home With the recent passing of my mother-in-law, it made me think about what my clients experience with the death of their loved ones. As an estate planning attorney, I finally got to see things from this side of the fence.
  • Five Important Points About Your Durable Power of Attorney One important point about durable powers of attorney for couples is that there comes a time when you should not name each other. Our Pinellas elder attorney can help.
  • Our New Guide to Florida Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts Will you lose all of your money to the Florida nursing home? Not if you properly plan with an irrevocable asset protection trust with our elder attorneys.
  • Three VITAL Estate Planning Documents At the very least, good planning means having your Florida durable power of attorney and your advance directives. Learn more from our Largo elder law attorney.
  • Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Revocable Living Trust Do you know if you are making the most of your Florida Revocable Living Trust? Many trusts are older or not used well. Find out more from our Pinellas attorneys
  • Legal Steps to take upon a Dementia Diagnosis Learn important Florida legal steps to take upon a dementia or Alzheimer's diagnosis, such as creating a durable power of attorney, advance directives and more.
  • Keeping Your Estate Planning Documents Safe in a Storm Where should you keep your Florida estate planning documents such as your will? Find out more about safe storage in the event of a hurricane or other loss.
  • Using IRA Trusts in Your Florida Estate Plans Can your Qualified Plan, IRA or 401k be named as a beneficiary of your living trust? Find out more about IRA trusts with our Florida estate planning attorneys.
  • Estate Planning for a Disabled Heir For a number of reasons, you may not want your estate to be distributed to a disabled loved one. A big reason is that an inheritance may make him or her ineligible for public benefits.
  • Homestead Property Tax Deferral Act Any person who is entitled to claim homestead tax exemption under the Homestead Property Tax Deferral Act may elect to defer the payment of a portion of the combined total of the ad valorem taxes and any non-ad valorem assessments levied on that person's homestead.
  • Common Estate Planning Mistakes You Can Avoid! Here are some common estate planning mistakes you can easily avoid with your estate plan. Learn from these real-life examples from our Florida attorneys!
  • What Are The Advantages of a Lady Bird Deed? How can a lady bird deed, or enhanced life estate deed, help you and your family avoid probate in Florida? Learn more about Medicaid and other issues with these deeds.
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