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  • DOMA and the POA

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    On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision declared the Defense of Marriage Act’s (DOMA) definition of marriage unconstitutional.  DOMA, a federal law, defined marriage as between one man and one woman.  Also, in a separate decision, the Supreme Court avoided a broad ruling on the constitutionality of state same-sex marriage bans effectively leaving the legal ...

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  • Charitable Estate Planning

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    It’s never too late to include a charitable contribution to your favorite charitable organization even if you already have a Will.  A simple Codicil to your Will can be prepared by an attorney to make your gift effective upon your death.  A Codicil does not revoke your Will, but can add to, change or subtract from your existing Will. 

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  • Florida Enacts New POA Act

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    The recently enacted Florida Power of Attorney Act (the “New Act”) is getting a lot of  attention both in Florida and nationwide because of the number of transitional residents who reside in Florida for part of the year.  These individuals will often have a Power of Attorney (“POA”) drafted to comply with Florida law in the event they might need ...

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  • Keeping the Peace -- Even After You Are Gone!

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    It’s all fun and games until someone loses his/her inheritance.  Keeping the family peace after you are gone can be much easier when you pre-plan and communicate with your loved ones while you are still alive.  Many people choose to treat their children or possibly other family members unequally and generally have very sound reasons for this decision.  However, such ...

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  • A Holiday Download Special from Reager & Adler

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    Did you know that if you do not have a Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will with a named agent, necessary medical treatment could be limited or delayed by the hospital or care provider?  If you have young adults over 18 years of age, this applies to them as well.  Every college student should have a Health Care ...

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  • Estate Planning in the Age of Uncertainty

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    Ever since the Bush tax cuts went into effect in 2001, it was always assumed that, by the end of 2009, Congress would enact a legislative compromise that would prevent what happened on January 1st of this year: the unexpected elimination of the federal estate tax for 2010.  And, if Congress does not act soon, the federal estate tax will ...

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