Capacity and Decision-Making

Most people know someone who, in spite of everyone’s best efforts, continues to make bad choices. The kind of person who just lost their job, but still purchased an expensive car using a high-interest credit card. Or someone who has diabetes, and won’t stop eating sweets. There are many situations where most people would consider the “right” choice is just plain common-sense. The reality is that the majority of Read More

Parents: Traveling for the Holidays? Don’t Forget This

The most wonderful time of the year is also the most stressful time for many people. Parents and those who are traveling out of state or country might be especially on edge.  Still, making preparations ahead of time can do wonders to tamp down the holiday stress. If you are a parent who will be hundreds of miles away (or farther) from your children for an extended period of time, the issue of decision-making for your Read More

Understanding the Important Role of Voluntary Guardianship

Many people know about guardianships and the important role they can play in making sure our loved ones are taken care of during times of need. These serve to ensure important assets and needs are accounted for while someone is incapacitated or otherwise unable to take care of themselves. What many people don’t know, however, is that Florida has another option that doesn’t require incapacitation to initiate: Read More

Tips for Navigating an Internet Full of Scams

Technology is wonderful. We are able to do so many tasks with a few clicks from just about anywhere in the world. These advancements have assisted the world of finance, healthcare, education, and more… but modern technology is not without its pitfalls. At any given moment, you might see four or five advertisements on a single webpage. There are people and companies trying to get into your pocketbook at every corner Read More

Think Twice Before Crafting a DIY Estate Plan

There’s little satisfaction in the world like the feeling you get after completing the perfect project on your own. “Do it yourself” (DIY) projects satisfy that itch to get things done – but should you DIY your estate plan? There’s plenty of information on the internet surrounding estate planning (including right here on our blog), but there are simply too many pitfalls to trying to craft a plan without an attorney. Read More

Understanding Which Assets Automatically Skip Probate

When an estate is exposed to probate, the entire situation can get messy. Families often end up fighting, and the private nature of your hard work can be completely stripped away. The courts will sift through the fine details of an estate plan to ensure everything is in order and executed legally. We’ve previously discussed how trusts generally avoid probate but can still sometimes be exposed. Some individual assets, Read More

People With Forms of Dementia Are Still Capable

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. At Zamora, Hillman & Villavicencio, we think this is a perfect time for us all to support and learn more about our loved ones fighting Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. More than 55 million people have a form of dementia across the world, with 10 million new cases reported every year. When we write off our loved ones with dementia, we’re writing off tens of Read More

Understanding the Differences Between a Formal Administration and a Summary Administration

The process of executing an estate should be as painless as possible. At the end of the day, the days, weeks, and months following the death of a loved one would ideally be spent remembering and mourning them. However, when a loved one passes away with assets that need to be distributed through the courts, the process can add more stress to the situation. We want to help take some stress off your shoulders and help Read More

When a Trust Can Be Exposed to Probate

Probate court puts unnecessary stress on your estate, your family, and other loved ones. It’s an issue we talked about recently, and the most common advice estate planning attorneys will tell you is to opt for a trust instead of just establishing a will for your estate. It’s important, however, to understand trusts can still be subject to probate in certain circumstances. The deadline to remedy all issues and avoid Read More

3 Ways To Avoid Family Fights in Probate

Probate can be a stressful time for families. When someone passes away, their estate passes into probate. This normally involves going to a probate court in the state where they lived, in which their remaining property and assets will be divided among their living loved ones. If they left behind an Estate Plan, the judge will typically follow the instructions they made in that. Either way, it can be tough for Read More