The Spirit of Red, White & Blue to the Job Market Rescue!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in asset protection, estate planning, Probate, Trusts, Wills |



IN THE SPIRIT OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE, our nation is encouraged by the latest job market rise. The labor department’s reports have shown that the economy has added 195,000 jobs in both May & June, when analyst were projecting only 160,000.

The thirteen colonies didn’t gain independence for four hundred forty-two days after start of American Revolution. Similarly, it’s taken a good minute to find that same sense of freedom from the depressed job market in South Florida.

The Red, White & Blue’s will to overcome the job market adversity is demonstrative of the motivating force we celebrate this week. With raising job rates, its increasingly more important to keep your triumphant spirit preserved with asset protection strategies. Such strategies will not only protect your hard earned assets, but provide you with the freedom to control their disposition.

When considering your future, claim independence from the unknown, and plan ahead with the following documents:

1. Living Trust – gain control, asset protection, & preclusion of unnecessary taxes through the use of this document.

  • Consider: Who would you appoint as your Trustee? Keep in mind, you can be the Trustee, giving yourself greater control over your assets. Make sure you appoint a back-up (successor) Trustee(s) within the document.

2. Assignment of Property – place all of your property into the trust, and avoid costs & headache associated with probate.

  • Note: Probate is a very expensive and time consuming process, therefore most prefer to avoid it altogether by assigning all of their property to the trust.

3. Last Will & Testament – used to distribute property to beneficiaries (or a trust), specify last wishes, and name guardians for minor children.

  • Note: Again, in efforts to avoid probate, it may be wise to use a pour-over will so that anything that was not assigned to the trust will be directed to the trust upon the Testator’s death. While the will still has to go through probate, the pour-over will makes the process much more expedient & leaves less room for anyone to contest it’s validity.

4. Durable Power of Attorney (“DPA”) – gain control by designating someone to legally act on your behalf in the event that you become incapacitated.

  • Consider: Who will you designate to make decisions on your behalf? Remember, the DPA can only make decisions for your benefit, not their own.

5. Combination Living Will & Designation of Healthcare Surrogate – gain control by making important healthcare decisions in advance.

  • Note: This outlines important healthcare decisions in advance, and appoints a healthcare surrogate to make healthcare decisions for you when you become unable to do so yourself.

For more information on successful Florida estate planning and asset protection techniques, please contact the South Florida law firm of Wild Felice & Partners, P.A. at 954-944-2855 to schedule your free consultation.

It’s a Wild world. Are you protected?SM


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Celebrity Baby Buzz – What to Plan When You Are Expecting

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in estate planning, Trusts, Wills |

onesiesThe past week has lent itself to several CELEBRITY BABY BIRTHS, from Kim K. to Jessica Simpson; not to mention Kate Middleton, who is due any day now. Although we have had plenty of incoming news on baby-bumps and loss of judgment with regard to names (ex: “North West?”), there is an aspect of being a baby-momma that the news hasn’t quite touched on – planning ahead! We aren’t talking about a never ending supply of onesies with clever sayings, or baby-proofing your home. Rather, we are talking about ensuring that little Junior is provided for, in the event that you no longer can. We know, it’s a daunting subject when bringing life into the world – but nevertheless, very important.

When considering an appropriate name for your little newby (preferable one that won’t haunt little Jr. for the rest of his/her life), take a moment to  consider the following:

  1. Estate plan – you want to have control over where your assets go upon your death. The moment you have a child, you want to be certain that you have an estate plan in place to ensure that he/she is provided for. In South Florida, if you do not have a will, the State of Florida will determine how your assets are distributed. Furthermore, you may want to put your assets into a living trust to avoid the costs and time associated with probate. This way, you can still use a pour-over will to distribute items into the trust, and have control over what beneficiaries will receive your assets, & how much they will be entitled to.
  2. Pick a Guardian – In the event that anything happens to you, you want to ensure that someone you trust has guardianship over your child. You can always change the guardianship later on in life, especially if you want to make your own parents designated guardians for the time being. Keep in mind, the guardian does not necessarily have to take care of the child’s financial affairs, as you can designate someone else separately.
  3. Life Insurance – if you haven’t applied for life insurance prior to being pregnant, you want to do so as early in pregnancy as possible, due to potential issues that can effect the insurance agency’s decision. However, keep in mind, some agencies may post-pone their decision until the third trimester to ensure there are no pregnancy-related issues. Also, there are many benefits associated with putting your life insurance into a trust. Younger families with modest assets will likely want to use a revocable trust, while larger estates may consider an irrevocable trust to exclude Life insurance proceeds from the gross estate (for purposes of estate taxes).
  4. College planning – as soon as you get Junior’s social security number, it’s time to open a 529 college savings plan. This cannot be done soon enough, as the tax savings are substantial. You not only don’t have to pay tax on withdrawals, but any capital gains are tax-free as well. Einstein said that “the hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax,” & that is what makes this plan so simple = no federal income tax on money in the 529 college savings plan (plus, no income tax in Florida). Also, as an alternative, the Florida college savings plan is the largest prepaid plan in the nation.

For more information on successful Florida estate planning and asset protection, contact the South Florida law firm of Wild Felice & Partners, P.A. at 954-944-2855 or via email at to schedule your free consultation.


It’s a Wild world. Are you protected?SM


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