This Tuesday was notoriously known as Fat Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras.  Not many people know that Mardi Gras celebrations date back to ancient Roman times with lots of today’s festivities like drinking, feasting, and debauchery.  During the Crusades, this carnival-like festival became known as the “last fling” of indulgence before the 40-day Lenten period of penitence.

Did you know that the first Mardi Gras held in the U.S. was around the mid 1800’s in New Orleans? Today, the city is enlivened with a cascade of parades starting on the Friday before Ash Wednesday. The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold which symbolizes justice, faith, and power, respectively.  Did you know that the King Cakes is the traditional Mardi Gras food? It is an oval cake honoring the three kings in these three colors. It is tradition to place a small plastic baby, symbolizing Baby Jesus into each cake. The person who gets the cake with the baby will have good luck that year.

Plastic babies found in cakes and all this “last fling” of celebrations before the mark of Lent, which is all about Jesus’ death, brings another important subject to mind. Estate planning. It is almost inconceivable that less than half of all Florida residents have an estate plan when everyone knows the death rate has, and will always be 100 percent. Our children are our gifts of life and it is our duty as parents and guardians to plan for their protection in the event we are accidently hit in the head by a Krewe member on a Mardi Gras float that knocks us unconscious…forever.

Don’t make the mistake of leaving your vulnerable little ones with the mess of probate, creditor claims,  and the burden of unnecessary high estate taxes.

The best time to get your estate plan in order is to do it when you are still alive. Our clients create estate plans in justice to their children. They have the power to decide the future of their loved ones and the faith in our team of highly experienced South Florida attorneys to develop the solutions they seek.

Honor the passing of Fat Tuesday by jumping on board our parade float of estate planning!

For more information on successful Florida estate planning and probate techniques, please 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?