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Staying Productive during COVID-19: Legal To-Do List
Tue, Mar 31, 2020| | Blog

Staying Productive during COVID-19: Legal To-Do List

The Attorneys and Staff at Rossway Swan know that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused stress and disruption for everyone. Typical reactions include frustration about how long we will need to remain in this situation, uncertainty about the future and fear of the unknown effects of the virus. One way to cope with this uneasiness is to be productive.  Now is a good time to address the legal issues that many of us put off.  Completion of items on your personal “To-Do List” can replace some of the control you thought you lost.       We have assembled the following suggested “Legal To-Do List” for your reference: Create or update your estate plan.  The “SECURE Act” passed at the end of 2019, and it may be a good time for an “Estate Planning” check up to ensure your plan achieves your goals and addresses future concerns. Protect your business.  Domesticate out-of-state entities, review your organizational structure and corporate agreements, and evaluate asset protection matters for your existing business. Address real estate issues.  Complete paperwork to establish Florida residency, obtain Homestead (and other) exemptions, investigate refinancing considering record-low interest rates and ensure property is properly titled for your estate planning and liability protection. Plan for long-term care needs.  Unfortunately, long-term care issues do not slow down during a pandemic.  If you have a loved one who requires residential care and you want to protect assets to enhance their quality of life, plan ahead. Prepare for upcoming nuptials.  If you are getting married […]

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New Year and New Fraud
Fri, Jan 3, 2020| | Articles

New Year and New Fraud

With the new year comes the inevitable problem of writing the correct date for the first few weeks of 2020; however, this year comes with new challenges. Police and fraud experts across the country are warning people to not abbreviate the year 2020 when writing the date, as it can be easily manipulated. For instance, March 14, 2020 being abbreviated as 3/14/20 could be easily modified to 3/14/2018 by simply adding “18” to the end. The issues that can arise by abbreviating the date in the year 2020 is especially concerning when executing legal or financial documents. By abbreviating the year, legal and financial documents can be backdated or postdated to change obligations and due dates. A closing date on a real estate contract could be changed to put a buyer in default and at risk of losing their deposit. Don’t become a victim and protect yourself against fraud by simply writing out the full date. With three offices located in Melbourne/Viera, Vero Beach and Coral Gables, the law firm of Rossway Swan serves clients throughout Florida. Contact us today to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.

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