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Estate tax figures for 2016

The federal lifetime estate tax exemption will increase modestly next year. Effective January 1, 2016, the exemption will ... more »

Spouses lose two Social Security-maximing strategies

Some say the federal budget passed in October closes Social Security loopholes that needed closing. Others say it cuts off... more »

Medicare to cover end-of-life care preference counseling

Beginning in January 2016, Medicare will cover counseling sessions for patients who wish to discuss their end-of life care... more »

Veterans Day tribute to all veterans, and one in particular: my uncle

My brother Marshall Karp posted a touching tribute on his Facebook page for our Uncle Irving (aka Uncle Icky). All our vet... more »

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Florida Probate & Trust Administration Attorneys serving Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Martin Counties

Our Florida probate and trust administration lawyers with offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach and Port St. Lucie can assist families with the many legal, financial and administrative steps that must be taken when a loved one dies. Our services including helping personal representatives with probate and successor trustees with trust administration; and post-mortem planning.

Our experienced attorneys and staff understand the trauma of losing a loved one. Dealing with probate or trust administration issues can be overwhelming for a grieving family. Be assured that our lawyers and staff treat each client with the same sensitivity and patience we would want for ourselves in similar circumstances. Our goal is to alleviate as much of the burden as possible from families in these difficult circumstances.

Our Florida attorneys assist clients with:

Probate: Probate is the legal procedure in which the probate court assumes jurisdiction over the assets of someone who has died. The court supervises the payment of debts, taxes, and probate fees, then supervises the distribution of the remainder to the persons named in a Will, or to the heirs if there is no will.

Trust Administration: Probate may not be necessary if a deceased person had a properly drafted and funded Trust, although trust administration is still necessary.

Post-mortem planning: Family members commonly believe that their deceased loved one properly planned because the decedent had a Last Will, created and funded a Trust, or designated certain individuals as beneficiaries. In fact, sometimes the decedent's plans can actually have a negative impact on the family with regard to estate taxes, and/or Florida Medicaid planning strategies for the surviving spouse. If this occurs, our estate attorneys can advise you about post-mortem planning techniques that may rectify the situation and create more favorable tax consequences for surviving family members. Seeking the advice of a Florida Bar Certified elder law attorney before receiving these assets is always wise. Please contact The Karp Law Firm for assistance.  

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