The Truth About Life Insurance and Probate

The Truth About Life Insurance and Probate

Upon someone’s death, their estate may need to go through probate. Not all property is subject to probate, and families who know their loved one had a life insurance policy may wonder if probate is needed to obtain life insurance proceeds. Entering probate could add more stress to an already difficult situation. It means waiting longer to claim the payment, possibly ending up with much less money than expected, and potentially having a conflict with family members about a distribution. 

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New Year. New Job. New Child Support.

New Year. New Job. New Child Support.

As your child(ren) grow up and mature, so do their needs. This can result in the necessary modification of court ordered support from one or both parents. When are you able to modify child support? Generally, in Florida, the non-custodial parent must pay child support...

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Florida’s COVID-19 Shield Law

Late last month, Governor DeSantis signed into law a COVID-19 claim immunity shield, titled Civil Liability for Damages Relating to COVID-19 (Fla. Stat. § 768.38). Under the Act, businesses, educational institutions, governmental entities and religious institutions...

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COVID-19 Update

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our office has changed its policies to protect both our employees and our clients. At this time, we are not currently open to the public. We are conducting all meetings by phone or Zoom, including intake appointments. If...

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Have You Considered Enforcement or Modification?

My name is Beth Miller. I am the newest addition to Thompson, Crawford & Smiley and I am an attorney that works in our family law section. I wanted to remind everyone that we are here for you to help navigate you through any family law matter that you may need...

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Fender Bender Protocol

The first thing to do is report the accident to law enforcement. Even if there is minor damage and you feel okay, you are in the heat of the moment and might not notice the extent of the damage. Also, it might take a little bit of time to start feeling your injuries....

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