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Class Gifts in Your Estate Plan: A Good or Bad Idea?

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Let’s say that you have an estate plan, and you want to leave your property to your beneficiaries. When you make your will or trust, you would identify your beneficiaries—that is, who is getting what from your estate. But naming people isn’t the obvious task that it seems to be—and making a mistake can… Read More »

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How Lenders Get In Trouble With Usury Laws

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Let’s say you loan money to borrowers. You know that you can charge interest, but that there is a limit to the legal interest that you can charge. You are careful, making sure not to exceed the legal maximum. But don’t be surprised if you still end up in trouble, exceeding the legal interest… Read More »

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Escrow Agents Often Find Themselves Involved in Interpleader Actions

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Real estate litigation is unique because unlike most lawsuits that involve a dispute over property or assets between two people or parties, with real estate there is often a third party: an escrow agent, or even a realtor. What is an Escrow Agent? An escrow agent is a party that is neutral to, and… Read More »

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Avoiding Undue Influence Challenges in Probate Court

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

The thought of your friend, relatives or loved ones all fighting over what you may have left them when you are gone is, to say the least, distasteful. One of the overriding goals in estate planning is to create an estate plan that is clear, and which avoids challenges later on—challenges that can be… Read More »

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You May Need to Go to Court to Foreclose on Government Property Liens

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

If you buy foreclosed properties, or properties with tax liens and sales, there is a new federal court decision to be aware of. That case is not a Florida case, but likely will affect the validity of liens here in Florida, and the ability to get title insurance for certain types of property. Judicial… Read More »

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Valuable Artwork in Probate

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

If you have an estate that is going to be probated, most of the assets in that estate have got to be valued. That’s for a number of reasons—taxation, or so that the court knows assets are being handled correctly, or so beneficiaries know what they stand to gain if property needs to be… Read More »

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How to Use a Right of Occupancy Trust

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

If you have real estate, and you are creating an estate plan, you always have the option of leaving the property to whomever you may choose to leave it to. But what if you don’t want someone to actually own the property, or reap the financial benefits of owning it—you just want to provide… Read More »

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Safety Deposit Boxes and Your Estate Plan

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

In today’s age, much of what we own is on the cloud, or online, or in some kind of digital form. Because of that, it can be easy to forget that some people still have and use safety deposit boxes. In many cases, when estate plans are made, the safety deposit boxes get left… Read More »

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Don’t Put These Things in Your Will

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

When we think of things that should be in a will, we of course think of what should be included. But there are actually some things that it is best to leave out of a will. Sometimes, having too much information can cause as many problems as having too little can cause. Most of… Read More »

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Blind Trusts Have a Limited, But Beneficial Use

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

In the course of planning an estate, or perhaps in a probate case, you may have heard of the many types of trusts that there are. But one type of trust that you may not have heard of, is the blind trust. It made some news during the 2016 election cycle, because of Donald… Read More »

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