A concern shared by many Palm Beach County residents is to be able to control decisions about the health care they receive and end-of-life decisions in the event they are unable to make them for themselves. State assists them by recognizing the right of a person to prepare a written declaration in which they appoint a surrogate to make decisions for them if they are incapable of making them on their own.
A living will is not a last will and testament by which a person may designate beneficiaries to share in the estate he or she leaves after death….
Boyes & Farina, P.A., today announced Attorney Peter Matwiczyk, formerly of Matwiczyk & Brown has joined the firm as a Partner. Charles W. Littell joins as Of Counsel. Effective with Peter Matwiczyk being named a Partner, the firm name has changed to Boyes, Farina & Matwiczyk.
Peter Matwiczyk has practiced law in Palm Beach County for over thirty years. He has been board certified by the Florida Bar in wills, trusts, and estates since 1992, and has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell for more than thirty years. …
When you have built a sizable estate during your lifetime, the last thing you want is for the state of Florida to decide how it will be divided. As such, it is important to have an estate plan in place to avoid estate disputes and other issues. If your estate plan is well-structured and notarized, then probate (the process of verifying the will and distributing assets accordingly) should be much less of a hassle.
When the probate process begins, all of the asset of the recently deceased, the decedent, are accounted for….
Some adults in Florida are simply incapable of taking care of themselves physically, financially and legally. In these cases, a guardian may be appointed to handle their affairs and ensure their safety and wellbeing. If no other options will suffice other than a guardian, a qualified, court-appointed adult within Florida may look after them. In addition, family members may be appointed, even if they do not live within the state.
Regardless of the relationship, the guardian must not have any felony on their record and must be able to handle the responsibilities associated with their title….
Famed crime fighter Eliot Ness died in 1957. The probate of his estate was a relatively simple matter given that he left only a modest estate to his surviving spouse. For more than half a century, the Ness estate remained closed.
Now, the heirs of the man who brought charges against infamous mobster Al Capone are embroiled in an estate dispute brought about by the discovery of a long-lost stock certificate. The 50 shares of stock originally represented by the certificate have now multiplied to almost 30,000 with market value of $1.1 million….
A former president once said that government is like a baby: a voracious appetite at one end, and no control at the other. That voracious appetite takes the form of taxes, and if you have lived long enough and have made enough money to be able to contemplate estate tax planning, gift tax planning or both, then you should already be aware of just how hungry the government can be for your money.
The government’s quest for your hard earned money does not cease merely because you pass on….