How Your Age Impacts Your Estate Plan

Historically, estate planning has been viewed as a service for the elderly to get their assets and money in order before they’re gone. The thinking is you don’t really need to think too far ahead when you’re younger, but we’re finally reaching a point where more and more young people are getting involved in the process. Estate planning is for EVERYONE. Adults at any point in life should be planning their estate because we simply cannot always ...
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What is a Quiet Title Action?

If you’re new to real estate you may have never even heard of a “Quiet Title Action.” Even if you’ve been in the business for a long time, maybe you’ve never actually dealt with this. Regardless of your experience, it’s important to know what a Quiet Title Action is and what it could mean for you. In a way, the term is self-explanatory. The action is an attempt to quiet a dispute with a title. One or more parties can request this process for ...
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Are You Owed a Foreclosure Surplus Refund?

The foreclosure process can be exhausting and a bit demoralizing. You’ve worked hard to secure a property and pay off the mortgage, but we understand sometimes the process doesn’t go as planned. However, the foreclosure process could give you a surprising financial boost in the form of excess funds after the foreclosure sale. How do you know if you’re eligible and how does the process play out? Determining excess amount The foreclosure ...
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Closing: Understanding the Final Step of a Real Estate Process

If you’re reading this because you’re about to enter the closing process of a piece of Florida real estate you’ve been wanting to buy or sell: congratulations! This is a big moment and it’s important to understand the next steps which will wrap everything up for everyone involved. The closing process is the final chance for all parties involved to dot their t’s and cross their i’s, so before you throw on “Closing Time” by R.E.M., make sure you ...
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How A Property Title Search Could Impact Real Estate Closings

Congratulations! You’re at the end of the process to purchase a prime piece of real estate in Florida you’ve had your eye on. But before you close, you need to dot some t’s and cross some i’s. A property title search will be a key part of that process. A property title search is the act of clarifying exactly who owns the property and whether or not there are any barriers that would prevent you from cleanly purchasing and claiming ownership of ...
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What the Right Probate Attorney Can Do For You

The estate planning process can be enough of a burden itself and that’s before you even get to probate court. The probate process can be relatively straightforward as the courts read out the last wishes of the estate, but that’s only if the probate is uncontested. When probate is contested, you’re going to need the right lawyer on your side whether you’re a representative of the estate or a beneficiary. Contested probate means someone ...
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How Does Child Support Work in Florida?

In Florida, both parents have a responsibility to financially provide for their child. This is not a negotiable policy. Regardless of relationship status, both the parents of a child must financially provide for their well-being, upkeep, and education. When the parents are together, they often pool their resources to accomplish this. When the parents are divorced, child support enters the picture. The goal of child support is for one parent to ...
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The Different Types of Child Custody in Florida

Child custody works differently in Florida than anywhere else in the world. Parents entering a divorce hoping to get “sole custody” may be surprised that those terms do not even apply to Florida. Instead, there is a complex system that hopes to give children time with both of their parents - and reward parents who wear their responsibilities properly. At the Law Offices of Ray Garcia, P.A., we know that there is nothing more important to a ...
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3 Estate Planning Resolutions For 2022

The New Year is a great time to reflect on everything that changed in your life over the last twelve months and where you want to go from here. It is also a great time to check in on something directly related to your life - your Estate Plan. An Estate Plan is a legally-binding plan created with the help of an attorney that dictates what you want to happen to your remaining property, belongings, and money after you pass away. There’s a lot ...
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4 Ways Divorced Parents Can Improve Their Communication

Some divorcing couples think that once the final papers are signed, they’ll never have to speak to their spouse again. For parents, it doesn’t quite work like that. Parents getting divorced tend to transition from living together and seeing each other every day to simply talking to each other every day and coordinating schedules. It isn’t quite the clean break that some couples would prefer. It can be frustrating to feel like so much of your ...
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