“Lifestyles of the rich and famous” sings Good Charlotte, the American pop punk band from Waldorf, Maryland. The numbers are staggering. Today, there are more than 67 million Twitter users. Are you one of them? If so, please read closely. Celebrity Lady Gaga has 30,656,320 twitter followers (almost the current population of Canada), Justin Bieber 29,424,873 followers, Katy Perry 28,240,817 followers, Rihanna 26,407,641 followers and Britney Spears 21,380,602 followers. Are you a celebrity follower on Twitter? If so, please read even closer. We are a celebrity conscious culture. Celebrities consume more of our daily lives than ever before. Now, close your eyes. Imagine yourself being escorted out of a stretch Hummer limo, walking down the red carpet dressed in the finest designer clothes while being blinded by the flash bulbs of the surrounding paparazzi hoping to score that great shot. It’s the glitz and the glamour, the stardom, the wealth and influence that drives much of our society to live vicariously through celebrities. Fantasy never hurt anybody. “I’m half living my life between reality and fantasy at all times”, said Lady Gaga. But BEWARE: DO NOT FALL VICTIM—LIKE MANY CELEBRITIES HAVE, TO ESTATE PLANNING GONE WRONG! Estate planning is reality.

“The beat goes on” wrote Sonny Bono, former musician and politician. In 1998, Bono tragically died of injuries from hitting a tree while skiing. Bono never wrote a will. After his death, a child he secretly fathered out of wedlock surfaced to claim part of his estate along with his ex-wife Cher.

LESSON LEARNED: We have no idea how much longer “the beat goes on.” It would be wise to act now given the unfavorable situation we may all be faced with. Embrace this opportunity while you still can and contact your South Florida estate planning attorney now. You need to arm yourself with the necessary estate planning tools to protect your legacy and more importantly, protect your family.

If guitar legend Jimi Hendrix could have “One rainy wish”, what do you think it would be? In 1970, Hendrix unexpectedly died at the age of 27. Hendrix never wrote a will. Although Hendrix was closest to his brother, the state awarded everything to his father who then left everything to his adopted daughter from another marriage. Hendrix’s brother received nothing.

LESSON LEARNED: It’s never too late to make your “One rainy wish” a reality. If you have family, friends or even a charitable intent, the absence of an estate plan is inexcusable. 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 info@wfplaw.com to schedule your free consultation.

Such nightmares could have been avoided by planning ahead.

Less than half of all Florida residents have an estate plan in place yet the death rate in Florida has held steady at 100 percent. The reason for this lapse in judgment is most likely due to a focus on the word “estate” rather than the word “planning.” The two biggest misconceptions made by most South Floridians that lack comprehensive estate planning is that they are either too young to worry about it or not wealthy enough to worry about. However, the fact remains that very rarely is estate planning solely about the money

To schedule your free consultation, please contact the South Florida law firm of Wild Felice & Partners, P.A. at 954-944-2855 or via email at info@wfplaw.com.

It’s a Wild world. Are you protected?