Entries by Gary Landau

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. […]

Florida Estate Planning Checklist

The new year is always a good time to take stock of your estate plans and be sure they are up to date. You’ll want to leave your affairs in the best shape possible so when the time inevitably comes (hopefully many years from now), your family will be financially protected. Here is a quick […]

How to Revoke a Revocable Trust

Maybe you set up your revocable trust as a married couple before you got divorced. Perhaps you’ve decided to change who the successor trustee will be. Or maybe you’ve decided it’s too much work to keep putting newly acquired assets into the revocable trust (also called a living trust). Whatever your reason, if you decide […]

Selling Real Estate in the Middle of a Probate

You might think that when a loved one passes away, you have to wait until the probate process is complete to sell their home, but you actually don’t. Florida law generally allows heirs to sell a home before the rest of the probate is finished. Here are the steps involved: The personal representative can hire […]

Real Estate Closing Horror Stories

In the spirit of the Halloween season, we thought it would be fun to turn our attention to real-estate closing horror stories—for the amusement of Realtors, as well as home buyers and sellers. (They’re interesting stories, as long as they didn’t happen to you!) Thankfully, most real estate closings occur without a glitch. Occasionally, small […]