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This Father’s Day, Gift Your Children Peace of Mind

Father and 2 Children: This Father's Day, Gift Your Children Peace of Mind | Florida Estate and Elder Law Attorney Barry D. Siegel at The Siegel Law Group, P.A

Father's Day falls on Sunday, June 21. Traditionally, children give their dad a gift on Father's Day to show they love them. This year, for Father's Day give your children the gift of peace of mind and protection. Planning for your end-of-life can be uncomfortable and even frightening, which may explain why nearly 60% of Americans don’t have a Will or Trust. There are many reasons adults don't have a will, including: • They're too young to have a Will or Trust • They don't have enough money and assets to need a Will or Trust • It's too expensive to create a Will...

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The Siegel Law Group Named 2019 Law Firm 500 Honoree

The Siegel Law Group Named 2019 Law Firm 500 Honoree

Celebrating Three Years of Continued Growth We are proud to announce that Siegal Law Group, P.A., has been named a 2019 Law Firm 500 Honoree, a distinction exclusively awarded to the Fastest Growing Law Firms in the U.S. The Siegel team’s devotion to professional excellence and quality client service each day helped us achieve 72% growth in 2019, earning us recognition by Law Firm 500 as the #68 fastest growing law firm in the country. Siegel Law Group is dedicated to providing excellence in South Florida Estate Planning and Elder Law Representation, and are proud of our commitment to our clients. This marks our third year in a row...

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When Should I Change My Power of Attorney

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Power of Attorney is one of the most important tools in your estate plan. When you designate someone to have Power of Attorney, you grant them legal control to make decisions on your behalf, when you are unable to make those decisions. The person who you name as your power of attorney has an overriding legal obligation (known as a fiduciary duty) to make decisions that are in your best interests. This is not the same as “medical power of attorney,” which would be more in line with your medical needs and decisions at that time. Reasons to Change My Power...

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The What, Who, and How of Undue Influence (And How To Protect Yourself)

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Most will be familiar with the names of at least one of these famous people: Groucho Marx, (movie actor, comedian) Pauly Shore (movie actor, comedian) and Stan Lee (founder of Marvel Comics and creator of Spider-Man).  Why do I mention them and what do they have in common?  They’ve all been involved in legal proceedings involving a claim of undue influence. So what is undue influence and how can it impact us and our loved ones? Let’s have a look.  What Does Undue Influence Look Like? When it comes to our personal estates, we plan carefully to ensure our families are provided for after we’re...

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Should You Consider A Special Needs Trust?

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Do you have a close family member with special needs who requires care and assistance? If so, you may be interested in creating a “Special Needs Trust.” This legal tool can help you provide for your family members with special needs while allowing them to remain eligible for their benefits. How Does a Special Needs Trust Work? In order for someone to qualify for SSI or Medicare, there is a limit to how much they can have in the bank. An inheritance, or large sum payment, can disrupt this balance and jeopardize their benefits. A Special Needs Trust ensures this does not...

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Are Celebrities Different When It Comes To Families Fighting Over Estates?

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Famous icon, Aretha Franklin, recently passed away, and now her sons are fighting over control of her estate. Their family tensions are spilling over into the news. Her sons are contesting the validity of her will. One son argues that an old will is valid;and another son says that there is a 2014 handwritten will that was found under cushions in Aretha’s Detroit home. This is likely the last thing that Aretha wanted to happen to her family. Estate planning isn’t different just because someone is a wealthy celebrity. The amount of wealth may be different; but the problems of children,...

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Can You Imagine Challenging Your Parent’s Will?

It's more common than you think.  Imagine that you are expecting to inherit a significant portion of your parent's estate, only to discover that he or she left a large amount to someone that you never expected. This type of shock can change a child's life, and leave them feeling confused, angry and wondering if they have any options. Fortunately, there are ways to challenge a will when the circumstances don't add up. A will is a document that specifies a person's final wishes for distribution of their estate, and care of minor children. In some situations, people with an interest in...

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Planning For Your Incapacity

Seeking estate planning in case of incapacity? The Siegel Law Group can assist your family. Get in touch today by calling (561) 955-8115 for a free consultation or browse our website for more information. Most people prepare wills and trusts to plan for their death. But what happens if you become seriously ill, or injured, but you don’t pass away? Who will take care of you and your affairs? How can you make sure that you have the help you need and can trust? It’s advisable to discuss planning for incapacity with an experienced estate planning...

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Keeping Your Family Out of Probate Court

Looking to avoid probate court? The Siegel Law Group can assist your family. Get in touch today by calling (561) 955-8115 for a free consultation or browse our website for more information. Keeping your family out of probate court may be the best thing that you can do for them. The death of loved ones is emotionally devastating. It is even more stressful when families end up in probate court, potentially facing long and expensive legal battles, while waiting to close an estate. Fortunately, there are many ways to ensure that your family...

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How Often Should You Review Your Estate Plan?

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Ready to review your estate plan and plan for the future? Get in touch with the Siegel Law Group to get started today! You drafted a will with your attorney, and then you filed it away and promptly forgot about it. In fact, maybe you forgot about it for decades! Many people assume that drafting a will is a one-time event; but it really is only the first step in the process. The truth is that you should review your estate plan for necessary changes on a regular basis, and when major...

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