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3 Misconceptions About Revocable Living Trusts

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Maybe you’ve heard about revocable living trusts–if you have, you’re ahead of the curve. But do you have all the facts? There are many misconceptions and getting a clear understanding of how these trusts operate can help you plan responsibly for your future. Revocable living trusts can be beneficial for many people, as they… Read More »

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Remedies For Breach Of Contract Under Florida Law

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Contracts are a normal part of doing business now, because (when well drafted, executed, and properly utilized) they can make it possible to do business clearly and safely. A well-drafted contract should clearly lay out the agreements being made by both parties, including the expectations and criteria to be met and the consequences in… Read More »

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Palm Beach County Property Values Reach Record Highs

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

An unprecedented housing shortage in Palm Beach County has caused property values to break records and prompted a feeding frenzy among buyers. Residents have been bombarded by thousands of cold calls, mailers, and text messages inquiring about their interest in selling their homes. Property values have soared, the median home value for single-family homes… Read More »

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Top Investor Says Florida Property Market Will Soon Peak And Correct

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Jeff Greene, Real Estate Billionaire, who owns approximately $2 billion in real estate, most of it in the sunshine state, stated earlier this week that while the Florida real estate market has benefited greatly from the pandemic, he believes that sky-high property values will soon peak. Greene emphasized that Florida saw a huge migration… Read More »

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How Do I Find My Florida Deed?

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

If you are buying, selling, refinancing a home, or are experiencing a conflict in ownership or land rights, you may need access to the deed to your home or property. This can be a real point of panic for many people, who fear they may have lost or misplaced their deed. In Florida, purchases… Read More »

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Avoiding Florida Probate

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

You’ve likely heard before that you should avoid probate if possible, but are you really clear on what exactly probate is? Probate is the process of settling a decedent’s estate (paying off all debts with assets, locating all assets identified in the will and testament) and distributing their property to their heirs. Why Some… Read More »

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Understanding the Florida Probate Process

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Probate can seem like a complex and never-ending process. However, it’s actually quite simple. Probate is the process by which a decedent’s assets are passed to their beneficiaries. Broken down further, probate is the process by which a deceased person’s assets are collected, used to pay off any debts, and are then dispersed to… Read More »

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How Hiring a Lawyer Can Help You Lower Your Estate Taxes

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Unlike many states, Florida does not have an estate tax or an income tax, both of which make it an incredibly popular place to take up residence, particularly by the ultra wealthy. However, while Florida does not have an estate tax, there is a federal estate tax that currently applies to estates valued at… Read More »

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Is Short-Selling Your Florida Home the Best Option?

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

You may not be familiar with the term “short selling.” However, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect employment and housing nationwide, more and more American homeowners are finding themselves contemplating bankruptcy and other solutions, such as short selling, in order to cope with the massive financial struggles they are facing. What is a… Read More »

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How a Spendthrift Provision Can Help Protect Your Assets

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

The primary function of estate planning is protecting your assets, and one tool for achieving that end under Florida law is a spendthrift provision (also known as a “restraint on alienation provision”). A spendthrift provision can apply to revocable and irrevocable trusts, and it essentially serves as a limitation on how the trust money… Read More »

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