In 2018, Attorney Steve Lauer wrote this article explaining the importance of drafting a separate authorization and direction for funeral arrangements and disposition of cremated remains. Additionally, he created an accompanying form to assist clients in creating their direction and authorization. This information was most recently revised in January 2018.Straight Talk About Living Trusts
In 1989, Attorney Steve Lauer wrote “Straight Talk About Living Trusts.” The chapter discusses how a living trust can be a valuable tool for managing assets, avoiding guardianship, and avoiding probate. Because of the significant interest generated in living trusts, the chapter discusses many common questions. This article was revised numerous times, the most recent being in May, 2017.Funding and Administering Your Living Trust Agreement
In 1989, Attorney Steve Lauer wrote “Funding and Administering Your Living Trust Agreement.” This article discusses how to fund and administer a revocable trust in the state of Florida. This article was revised numerous times, the most recent being in May, 2017.2014 Chapter I Basic Estate Planning in Florida
In 1998, Attorney Steve Lauer wrote this “Introduction and Practical Considerations” chapter published in “Basic Estate Planning in Florida.” This article discusses the history of modern estate planning in Florida. The most recent addition was published in 2014.Establishing Florida Residency
Steve Lauer created this checklist for his estate planning clients who wanted to establish Florida residency. If you are planning to move permanently to Florida, following this checklist will allow you to establish domicile in Florida so that you can receive the benefits of being a Florida resident.Health Care Surrogacy
In 2015, the Florida Legislature made drastic reforms to the health care surrogacy laws. This article explains the significant changes to the laws to help clients determine whether they should execute a new “Designation of a Health Care Surrogate” to reflect the changes in the law. For a “Designation of a Health Care Surrogate” executed before the 2015 changes to the health care surrogacy laws, many of the new provisions under the law are not applicable. The information regarding Health Care Surrogacy was last revised in May, 2017.The Electronic Will
In June 2017, Attorneys Steve Lauer and Eva Lauer wrote "The Electronic Will" about the new will execution laws that the legislature attempted to pass. The new statutes discussed in this chapter have since been vetoed by Governor Scott. This article summarizes the proposed changes to the Florida Statutes.Arbitration and Mediation in Condominium Law
In December 2016, Attorney Eva Lauer wrote “Arbitration and Mediation in Condominium Law” as a research paper during her final semester at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. This paper details how the process of arbitration and mediation work in condominium law based on the Florida Statutes and case law in the area. Because the law regarding litigation in condominium law is complex, this provides an explanation of when clients may be required or may request to attend arbitration or mediation.