Entries by Gary Landau

Should You Worry about the Estate Tax?

The estate tax currently affects only a tiny fraction of people in Florida. But even if you’re in its bullseye, there are ways to limit its effect People who hate it call it the death tax. People who want to see it increase label it the Paris Hilton tax. But despite the intense passions, the […]

How Will Your Heirs Find Your Assets?

As recently as a few years ago, a probate attorney’s best advice after someone passed away was for the heirs to start checking the deceased person’s mail (after we offered our condolences, of course.) Over the course of a month, statements from all the accounts where the person kept their assets would flow in, so […]

What is a Homestead?

Think of the word homestead and pioneering families heading west to settle the land likely come to mind. But in real estate, the word has a different meaning. A homestead is your primary residence, which in many states is given an exemption from a portion of property taxes, or is even shielded from some liability. […]