Getting Married

Couples getting married need to be aware of how marriage immediately changes property rights for both individuals. Intestacy When someone dies without a will, their estate is intestate. Without a will, the courts must rely on the laws of intestacy to determine how the individual’s assets are divided. Application of these laws changes immediately upon […]

Could An Ex-Spouse Inherit Your Property?

It has long been established in Florida that when a marriage is dissolved (divorce, dissolution or annulment), the ex-spouses are treated as having died before each other. This prevents divorced couples from inheriting from each other’s assets. Unfortunately this treatment did not extend to third party agreements such as life insurance, IRAs or death beneficiary […]

Estate Planning For Parents

Few groups have more need of estate planning than parents. Without a plan, parents will have no say to whom their children go in the event the unthinkable happens. Furthermore, parents will have no say in who manages their children’s inheritance. Finally, any assets or money left for the children will become freely available to […]

Bart Scovill, PLC, Wills, Trusts and Probate Attorney

Guardianship For Minors

One of the most important benefits to parents in estate planning is it allows them to name who their children would go to if they were to pass away. Who will be Appointed Without a proper designation, the court will have no guidance from the parents in naming a guardian. After the parents, the court […]