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No Will? Statutes Direct Distribution


A properly drafted Will provides many benefits. One important benefit is avoiding conflict. A Will can help minimize dispute by clear direction for distribution of estate assets. A Will can provide other benefits. An estate plan can be created to minimize or eliminate debt or inheritance taxes. Although Florida has no estate tax, there is still a tax at the […]

Undue Influence Voids a Will


Florida is a mecca for the elderly. No state income tax and no snow attract many retirees. Retirees often pay increased attention to estate planning, as many anticipate the road ahead will be shorter than the road behind. Beneficiaries may be even more interested, particularly if they see an opportunity to get a bigger part or all of the retirees’ […]

Real Estate Sale Under IRC 1031 Defers Tax


The real estate market has certainly improved and with it profits for investors. Many investors like to turn over their money, which means they buy property, hold it until it can be sold at a reasonable profit (usually at favorable long term capital gains tax rates) and reinvest the proceeds in other property they believe positioned for future gain. Sometimes, […]

Equitable Distribution, or How to Split the Marital Pie in Divorce


William G. Morris Florida is a no fault divorce state. Under Florida law, there are two grounds for divorce: the marriage is irretrievably broken or mental incapacity of one of the parties. If one of the parties claims the marriage is irretrievably broken, that is enough for the court to grant a divorce. Determining a marriage is irretrievably broken is […]

Small Businesses – Big Issues Seminar Series

Local attorney William G. Morris announced today a series of small business seminars designed to educate business owners and those thinking about starting a business. Small Businesses – Big Issues will explore issues of concern and how to deal with them. The series will be free to participants, but due to limited seating, reservations are encouraged. The seminars will focus […]


New Association Estoppel Law Limits Charges

One of the important aspects of sale of a property in a homeowners association or a condominium association is prorating the maintenance assessment account between buyer and seller. Florida’s Condominium Act and Homeowners Association Act make seller and buyer equally responsible for assessments that come due up to the transfer of title. When closing on title transfer, the closing attorneys […]

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