Edition No. 8

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Estate Planning in the Digital Age: Ensuring Your Digital Legacy

In today’s world, we all have many things stored on our computers, phones, and online. These can be our pictures, emails, or even virtual coins called cryptocurrency. But what happens to these things when we are no longer around? Continue reading to understand how you can make sure that your digital assets are safe and taken care of when you are gone.

Inventory Your Digital Assets: From Photos to Passwords

First, let’s think about everything you have that’s digital. Here’s a way to remember:

  1. Pictures and Videos: These are special memories. Maybe you have them on a site like Facebook, Instagram, iCloud, other online storage, or saved on your computer.
  2. Emails and Social Media: Accounts like Gmail, Facebook, or Twitter where you chat and share with friends.
  3. Online Banking and Shopping: Websites where you might buy things or look at your bank account. Don’t forget rewards programs like Shopkick, Upside, or many others.
  4. Virtual Coins: This is a newer thing. It’s like having a secret type of money online.
  5. Passwords: The secret codes that keep your digital assets safe.

Once you know all the things you have, make a list. This will help others know what you have if you are not there.

Digital Estate Management Tools and Solutions

Now, let’s talk about tools that can help. There are special websites and programs that can keep all your digital assets safe and also let someone you trust use them if you can’t. Some of these tools are:

  1. Digital Vault: This is like a safe on the internet where you can keep all your passwords and important information. There are many options available, be sure to do your research and keep an eye out for safeguards. 
  2. Legacy Contacts: Some websites, like Facebook, allow you to pick a friend or family member to manage your account if something happens to you.

Legal Implications and Protections for Digital Assets

This part is a little tricky. It’s about the rules that say who can use your digital assets if you are not around. Just like you have a will for your toys or house, you need one for your digital assets too. In preparing your estate plan, an experienced estate planning attorney can help you plan for the handling, not only your physical assets but also your digital assets.

Sharing Access: Balancing Security and Accessibility

You might be thinking, “I want to keep my stuff safe but also want someone to use it if needed.” It’s like locking your house but giving a key to a friend just in case. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Share Passwords Carefully: Only tell your passwords to someone you trust a lot. And keep them in a safe place.
  2. Use Two-Step Verification: This is like a double lock. It means you need two things to open something, maybe a password and a message on your phone. It’s super safe!
  3. Talk with your family: Let them know about your digital things and how to use them safely.
  4. Make a list for your Will: Make a list of your digital assets and place them with your original Will. When someone needs it, the right person will have access.

Living in a digital world is fun and exciting! But just like we plan for what will happen with our physical stuff at our death, we should also plan for and address what happens with our digital stuff. Talk to your family, make a list, and even speak to a lawyer. Keep your digital memories and treasures safe for the future!

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Stay Updated: What's New in the World of Personal Injury?

Just as we watch for the newest Florida attractions and beach events, it’s crucial to know about the changes in our state’s personal injury scene. This keeps Floridians informed and prepared.

Did You Know?: Drones Over the Everglades!

Drones aren’t just for capturing beautiful shots of our beaches and orange groves. In Florida, investigators are using drones to view accident scenes across various terrains, from highways to the marshy Everglades. This bird’s-eye view can capture details that might be missed from the ground, offering a new perspective in personal injury cases.

By the Numbers: Florida’s Top Accidents

Florida has its unique set of common accidents. Here’s the rundown:

  1. Car Accidents: With Florida’s busy highways and tourists, this remains a top concern. Always drive attentively.
  2. Boating Accidents: Our beautiful waters aren’t always safe. Always wear a lifejacket and avoid alcohol while steering a boat.
  3. Slips and Falls: Those Florida afternoon rain showers can make things slippery. Watch where you step!
  4. Pool Accidents: With many homes having pools, it’s important to watch kids closely and ensure pool areas are secured.

Remember, safety first!

Recent Big Decisions in Florida: The Simple Scoop

In the evolving world of Florida law, 2023 marked a significant change. Governor Ron DeSantis made headlines in March when he gave his signature to House Bill (HB) 837.

The New Law’s Details: HB 837 made a big shift in how long you have to bring forward a personal injury case in Florida. Before this change, if someone got hurt, they had four whole years from the incident’s date to start their case. But now? That time has been chopped in half. Under HB 837, you only have two years to get your case rolling.

What It Means for Floridians: Time is of the essence! If you or someone you know gets hurt, it’s more critical than ever to act fast. Waiting too long might mean missing out on the chance for justice and potential compensation.

This significant change emphasizes the importance of being informed and proactive in seeking legal advice if an injury occurs. If you have any questions or uncertainties, your trusted Florida law firm is always here to help guide the way!

Boost Your Defense Against Colds and Flu: Easy Tips for Everyone!

Back to school is here, and with it comes the spread of germs just in time for cold and flu season. We know you usually visit our law firm for legal advice, but today, let’s talk about staying healthy! Just like how we protect you in court, your body has its own team of defenders called the “immune system.” This team works day and night to fight off colds, the flu, and other illnesses.

To keep this defense team strong and ready, here are some super easy tips:

  1. Eat More Fruits and Veggies:
    • Fruits like oranges, strawberries, and kiwis have Vitamin C, which is like a superhero for your immune system.
    • Veggies like broccoli, spinach, and bell peppers are also great. They’re like the training ground for your body’s defenders.
  2. Sleep Like a Star:
    • Your body heals and builds strength when you sleep. It’s like giving your defenders a good rest before a big game. So, aim for 8-10 hours if you’re a kid, and 7-9 hours if you’re an adult.
  3. Move and Groove:
    • Exercising doesn’t just make you strong; it also helps your immune system. Whether it’s dancing, playing sports, or even walking your dog, keep moving!
  4. Drink Plenty of Water:
    • Imagine your body is like a big city, and water is like the roads that help your defense team travel. By drinking water, you’re making sure they can get to where they’re needed fast!
  5. Wash Your Hands:
    • This one is super important! Washing your hands with soap for 20 seconds (or while singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice) keeps away the bad germs.
  6. Stay Happy:
    • Believe it or not, being happy and relaxed can help boost your immune system. So, laugh, play, and spend time with your loved ones.

Remember, every body is different. So, what works for one person might be different for another. It’s always a good idea to talk to a doctor or a trusted adult if you have questions about staying healthy. Stay strong and stay healthy, everyone! And remember, just as you take care of your health, our law firm is always here to take care of your legal needs. Take care! 

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The Keith Taylor Law Group has made a heartfelt donation to Lecanto Primary School to support their “High Five Fridays” initiative. This program aims to welcome students with music and uplifting high fives, ensuring they start their school day with positivity and enthusiasm. The donation will help create a joyful and encouraging atmosphere, making a lasting impact on the students’ overall learning experience.

Keith R. Taylor Law Endowed Scholarship with College of Central Florida

Attention Crystal River and Dunnellon High School Cheerleaders!

Keith Taylor Law Group is pleased to announce that we have a scholarship opportunity available to Crystal River and Dunnellon High School Cheerleaders who plan on attending College of Central Florida.

To be eligible:

  • Completed application on file to attend CF
  • Recent Graduating cheerleader of Crystal River or Dunnellon HS
  • Have earned a min 2.8 weighted GPA in HS or College
  • Complete a photo/publicity waiver
  • Application for student aid must be completed.

For more information contact CF at 352-873-5801 

Keith Taylor Law Group

We are incredibly proud to announce that Attorney Keith Taylor has been recognized as one of America’s Most Honored Lawyers, Top 10% by The American Registry! This prestigious recognition underscores Keith’s unwavering commitment to excellence in the field of law and his dedication to serving his clients with utmost integrity and professionalism. It’s a testament to the hard work, dedication, and expertise that he brings to the table every single day. Congratulations, Keith! Here’s to many more accolades in your illustrious career!