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Jan 2017

How Do I Make a Living Will in Orlando?

A critical part of Florida estate planning is making arrangements for your health care in the event you become ill or otherwise incapacitated. In addition to naming a guardian to make healthcare decisions for you, it is also prudent to have a living will. Unlike a traditional will, which distributes your property after death, a living will refers to a set of instructions to your...

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25

Jan 2017

Choosing and Appointing a Guardian in Florida

One of the most challenging problems in Florida elder law is dealing with a relative who is no longer capable of making basic financial or personal care decisions for themselves. Florida provides a legal remedy for such cases–the creation of a guardianship. What Is a Guardian? In this context, a guardian is a person (or institution) appointed by a court to oversee the affairs of...

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16

Jan 2017

The Impact of Social Media on Your Bankruptcy Case

The most important thing to remember if you plan to file for bankruptcy is don’t hide any assets. Even an honest mistake can delay or compromise your bankruptcy case. An experienced Orlando bankruptcy lawyer can help make sure you make all necessary disclosures to the court wherein you do not end up inadvertently hiding anything the law considers to be of value. After you file...

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10

Jan 2017

Common Questions About Making a Will in Orlando

Especially as you get older, you may find yourself thinking more and more about issues like making a will to ensure your affairs are in order. A Florida elder law lawyer can guide you in making decisions regarding your property while you remain healthy and competent. You never want to leave making a will until you are sick and on your deathbed–by which point you...

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05

Jan 2017

A New President, A New Way of Thinking About Your Finances

As you may know, in a few days we will have a new person sworn in as President of the United States of America. This person is very familiar with bankruptcy law and has used those laws to benefit his businesses, and by extension himself, on several occasions over the years. Why shouldn’t you be like our new President, at least when it comes to...

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14

Dec 2016

What Property Do I Give Up in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a debtor’s assets must be turned over to a court-appointed trustee. Certain assets are exempt under Florida law, including up to $1,000 of equity in a motor vehicle and a $4,000 “wildcard” exemption that may be used for any property if the debtor does not claim a homestead exemption for their residence. An experienced Orlando bankruptcy lawyer can advise you...

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14

Dec 2016

Understanding Reverse Mortgages in Orlando | K. Hunter Goff

Many elderly Florida residents find themselves strapped for cash in their later years. One way to generate a steady source of income is through a home equity conversion mortgage (HECM), more commonly known as a “reverse mortgage.” If you are considering a reverse mortgage, it is a good idea to consult with an experienced Florida elder law lawyer first. A reverse mortgage can have significant...

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12

Dec 2016

Keeping Your House in and Orlando Bankruptcy

If you are worried about losing your home, an Orlando bankruptcy lawyer may be able to help. Florida actually makes it easier than most states to protect your homes from creditors or a bankruptcy court. Under the Florida Constitution, a person’s entire “homestead” is exempt from “forced sale” or judgment, subject to certain size restrictions. If the homestead is located in a city, the exemption...

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06

Dec 2016

What Is the Process for Establishing a Guardianship in Orlando?

If you have a relative who is no longer able to manage their own affairs, it may be necessary to establish guardianship to protect that person. Guardianship is a serious legal matter that can be managed easily by an experienced Florida elder law attorney. At the Law Office of K. Hunter Goff, P.A., we can help you with all aspects of establishing and managing a...

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28

Nov 2016

When Can a Bankruptcy Court Refuse to Discharge a Civil Judgment?

Many people contact an Orlando bankruptcy attorney because they have been recently hit with a civil court judgment. You often see news headlines about plaintiffs who win a multi-million dollar verdict against a defendant. But oftentimes, the defendant lacks the resources to pay such a judgment and instead is forced to file for bankruptcy. Florida Couple Criticized by Court for Failing to Preserve Business Records...

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