Operating Agreement Can Avoid Probate of Florida LLC Membership Interests.

From time to time we receive inquiries about using limit liability companies to avoid probate of business interests and real estate. Some people believe that they can write terms and conditions in an LLC operating agreement that control the transfer of a member’s LLC interest after the member’s death. They believe that the deceased member’s …

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Can Same Person Be Beneficiary And Sole Trustee of Irrevocable Trust?

Our client wanted to serve as trustee of an irrevocable trust created for his benefit. The client’s general attorney cautioned him that he could not serve simultaneously as a beneficiary and as a trustee, and that if he did occupy both positions the trust would automatically dissolve because of the legal “doctrine of merger.” The …

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Should I Transfer My Florida Homestead To My Living Trust?

Clients who prepare living trusts for estate planning frequently will ask me whether they should transfer the legal title of their Florida homestead property to the name of their living trust. If the property is transferred to the trust the successor trustee will transfer or dispose of the property after the death of the trustmaker …

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Florida Homestead Law in Probate

A common question that comes up at initial client meetings for living trust administration or probate concerns the treatment of the decedent’s homestead property. The heirs want to know if they can sell the parents’ homestead and whether a probate proceeding is required to handle the homestead. In most cases, these are families that used …

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Asset Protection in Post-Death Living Trust Administration

Asset protection planning often continues after death, especially when a surviving spouse has judgements or is vulnerable to lawsuit.  The design of your estate planning determines whether your assets will be vulnerable to creditors of your surviving spouse or children. The typical living trust based estate plan for married couples the first spouse to die …

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Utah Enacts Favorable Asset Protection Trust Statute

Only a few states have enacted asset protection trust legislation to provide creditor protection through a self-settled irrevocable trust. Those states with domestic asset protection trust (DAPT) statutes compete with one another by maintaining laws that attract investment assets to their state from people seeking asset protection benefits. In 2013, Utah enacted a revised domestic …

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