Probate


4 Tips for Avoiding a Will or Trust Contest 1

A will or trust contest can derail your final wishes, rapidly deplete your estate, and tear your loved ones apart.  Unfortunately, we have the opportunity to observe such contests on a regular basis, and even among families where no one expected there would be any controversy.  Avoiding a will or […]


Estate Planning Tip – Check the Privacy of Your Estate Plan

With the end of the year fast approaching, now is the time to fine tune your estate plan before you get caught up in the chaos of the holiday season. One area of planning that many people overlook is ensuring that their final wishes remain private. Will Your Final Wishes […]


The Problem With Life Estate Deeds

Many individuals use life estate deeds in an effort to avoid probate and eliminate the need to hire an attorney to prepare a last will and testament, or a trust.  Unfortunately, when someone uses a life estate deed, they lose control over the distribution of their property when things turn […]


Do It Yourself Internet Will Turns Out To Be Very Expensive! 2

ElderlawAnswers.com provides us with information that the Florida Supreme Court rules that money acquired by a woman after executing a form will she obtained from the Internet should be distributed according to the laws of intestacy because the Internet will did not have a residuary clause.  One justice calls the […]


Estate Planning Needed For Any Estate

A couple of days ago I received an email from a realtor who I recently met who had a question about estate planning.  Her question was: What level of assets do your clients need to own before your services benefit them? After I responded to her question, she told me […]


James Gandolfini’s Six Estate Planning Mistakes

There has been a lot of discussion about James Gandolfini’s will and his estate planning – or perhaps lack of estate planning might be more accurate.  A Forbes article a couple of days ago outlines the biggest shortcomings of Gandolfini’s estate planning. While we don’t know the total picture of […]


Why Estate Planning Is Still Important

Did you know that April is National Financial Literacy Month? This is the perfect time to sit down with your loved ones to discuss your financial and estate planning objectives.  To help you move the discussion forward, we would like to suggest three action items:  (1) Gather around the computer monitor with […]


Famous Probate Case – Atypically Typical

Today’s New York Times contains an article about the death of “Barbara Piasecka Johnson, Maid Who Married Multimillionaire, Dies at 76.” Barbara Piasecka Johnson, a Polish immigrant who came to America to work as a maid, first worked for J. Seward Johnson, Sr., the heir to the Johnson & Johnson […]


New Palm Coast Office for The Coleman Law Firm

We’re excited to announce that we have opened a satellite office in Palm Coast to serve the growing Flagler County population. The office location is 389 Palm Coast Parkway, SW, Suite 4, Palm Coast, Florida 32137.  Our Palm Coast phone number is (386) 264-7250, or you can always reach us toll […]