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What is the difference between a will and a living trust?

Posted by: Greene & Greene on Friday, January 26, 2018
While the laws surrounding the probate and estate litigate process may vary state by state, the definition of a will and a living trust are pretty common, even in Florida. A will is a document that determines how one's assets will be distributed upon death. A living trust can do the same thing, but it can also provide for management of assets after one's death. One of the first differences you'll notice between a will and a living trust is that a will goes through probate court and the details become public after a person has deceased, while a living trust is private.

What does Durable Power of Attorney Mean?

Posted by: Greene & Greene on Friday, January 19, 2018
Basically, when someone is named Durable Power of Attorney, they can make critical decisions for the principal that has designated them during that principal's life. In the event of the principal's death, a Power of Attorney becomes invalid. The "Durable" part of the Durable Power of Attorney means that the document remains legally valid if the principal becomes incapacitated as long as it was executed in accordance with Florida law. In 2011, the rules surrounding the Florida Durable Power of Attorney changed. Before 2011, if there were multiple people given Power of Attorney, they had to act unanimously, or hold a vote if three or more agents were named. Now, any person with a Durable Power of Attorney can all act independently, unless previously addressed otherwise.

Irrevocable vs. Revocable Trusts

Posted by: Greene & Greene on Friday, January 12, 2018
While the laws surrounding the probate and estate process vary state by state, the differences between an irrevocable and a revocable trust are pretty common, even in the state of Florida. One of the first differences you'll notice is that irrevocable trusts are permanent and cannot be changed, while revocable trusts can be modified at any time by a competent grantor during his or her lifetime, and even canceled if the grantor feels like it.

Custody Agreements

Posted by: Greene & Greene on Friday, January 5, 2018
While states vary on how they approach divorce proceedings when children are involved, Florida courts always work to protect the best interests of the child. This means that first and foremost, parents are encouraged to work together to reach an amicable agreement for how their children will be cared for and supported. This means that both counseling and mediation may be used to attempt to reach this kind of resolution.

Prenuptial Agreements

Posted by: Greene & Greene on Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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While stipulations can vary state by state, there are certain things that prenuptial agreements in Florida protect as well as things that, because of the public policy of the state, cannot be covered. 

Collaborative Divorce Defined

Posted by: Greene & Greene on Monday, June 19, 2017
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Collaborative divorce, also known as collaborative law, is a legal process in which couples who plan to get a divorce can work together with their lawyers and additional professionals to come to a mutually beneficial agreement, rather than heading directly to court.

Benefits of Choosing a Collaborative Divorce

Posted by: Greene & Greene on Monday, May 22, 2017
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The collaborative divorce process brings together multiple professional experts, banding together accountants, mental health professionals, custody evaluators and more to partner alongside attorneys and the couple involved as they work out their divorce.

What is the best divorce attorney for you?

Posted by: Greene & Greene on Monday, March 13, 2017
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Choosing the best divorce attorney can be a difficult process and there many different factors to consider when making that decision, besides money. Choosing the right divorce attorney typically depends on what your goals are from the divorce proceedings and your particular circumstances.

What is Alimony Law

Posted by: Greene & Greene on Friday, December 30, 2016
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Preparing for the divorce process can feel like an overwhelming task. There are a lot of things to consider before you turn the page on one chapter in your life to start the next. Commonly people come to us asking us “what is alimony law?” and what does it mean in the state of Florida. We've outlined the three most common things to consider around this topic as you’re preparing for this process and seeking out a divorce attorney.

Divorce vs. Separation

Posted by: Greene & Greene on Monday, December 19, 2016
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When a divorce petition is filed, the court then has jurisdiction to enter orders regarding timesharing, child support, and the division of property. A couple remains legally married until such time that a final judgment of dissolution of marriage is entered. Since Florida does not recognize legal separation of couples, a couple can only be either categorized as married or not married and there is no in-between.

How to File for a Divorce

Posted by: Greene & Greene on Wednesday, December 14, 2016
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Commonly people come to us asking us “how to file for a divorce” and what the necessary steps are in the state of Florida. We've outlined the three most common things to keep in mind as you’re preparing for this process and seeking out a divorce attorney.

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