Transporting Trucks, Boats and Automobiles

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auto transportAsk your Personal Relocation Consultant for options to transport cars, mini-vans, pickup trucks, boats and other vehicles to your new home by Florida Moving Systems (A North American Van Lines Agent) on an auto transport carrier or aboard the moving van.

Remember:

  • Automobiles should have one quarter or less fuel in the gas tank
  • Check automobiles for any oil, battery acid or radiator fluid leaks
  • Boats should be drained of all fuel and oil in the motor

What To Do When You Win The Millions… Or Billions

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With all the Lottery Hype we searched the web and found 10 things to do if you win big!!  Thanks to Forbes Magazine for this priceless information!! winning-the-lottery-fl-move
  1. Remain anonymous if your state rules permit it. Once people know you’re suddenly wealthy, you’ll be badgered by requests for handouts from everyone from charities to long-lost friends and relatives–not to mention all the financial “experts” who will be vying for your business. So check state rules to see whether you can dodge them all by remaining anonymous.
Although Mega Millions is a national lottery, rules on winner publicity vary by state. In New York, for example, winners’ names are a public record. Elsewhere it may be possible to maintain your anonymity by setting up a trust or limited liability company to receive the winnings

Depending on where you bought the ticket, prize winners have between 180 days and one year from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. So find out what the state rules are and plot a course.

FLORIDA LOTTERY LAW:  http://www.flalottery.com/faq

  1. See a tax pro before you cash the ticket. You have the choice between taking the prize money all at once or having it paid out over in 30 installments over 29 yearsin the form of an annuity. With a lump sum payment, you must immediately pay tax on the entire amount. With an annuity, you are taxed only as you receive the payments. People who have trouble controlling their spending might prefer the discipline of receiving the money as an annuity. But this payout form has other drawbacks, You will want to compare the effective yield of the annuity with what you could earn by taking the money as a lump sum, paying the taxes and investing the proceeds.
Another issue to consider is whether taking an annuity will leave your family without the cash they need to pay estate tax if you die before the 30-year period is up, Kirsh says. In such situations people typically buy life insurance policies to cover the estate tax bill.

You have 60 days from the time you claim your lottery prize to weigh the pros and cons. During this time, ask advisors to crunch the numbers and help you decide which type of payment suits you best.

  1. Avoid sudden lifestyle changes. For the first six months after you win the lottery, don’t do anything drastic, like quitting your job, buying a home in Europe, trading up for a luxury car or building a collection of Birkin handbags. Meanwhile, set aside a fixed amount for splurgesit’s only natural to want to celebrate your windfall.
Save the big purchases for later. For example, you could rent a house in the neighborhood where you were thinking of moving, before you make any commitments. If you need a new car, buy a budget model for now.

  1. Pay off all your debts.  Whether it is credit card debt or a mortgage, your rate of return equals the interest rate on the loan. With today’s abysmal yields on relatively secure investments like CDs and Treasury’s, that’s especially true. When you’ve paid down a dollar of debt, that’s a dollar you no longer owe. When you invest a dollar, you can’t be sure whether it will grow or shrink.
  2. Assemble a team of legal and financial advisers. In situations like this it’s very hard to know “who’s trying to help you and who’s trying to use you,” Rather than signing on to a group of advisors that someone else has put together, handpicking your own lawyer, accountant and investment advisor, and requiring them to work together.
Carefully vet each advisor before discussing your situation. Check broker records at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. For attorneys and insurance agents, see whether there have been any complaints filed with state disciplinary authorities.

If you live in a small community and don’t want lawyers there to know your business, seek out a professional in the nearest large city. Names can be found on martindale.com, the nationwide lawyers’ directory that you can search by location and area of practice, and on the Web site of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a group of trust and estate lawyers.

In effect, the team you put together will function as your board of directors.  You can start by having a fee-only advisor put together a long-term financial plan and running it by the group for comment. Once you’ve decided on a plan, they can provide checks and balances on each other. You can ask one of them to serve as quarterback, coordinating the group effort. That person can also play the “bad guy,” declining requests from people or organizations for gifts that you don’t want to make.

  1. Invest prudently. Put the money in safe, short-term investments and not even touching it for the first six months. Then ask your advisors is to put together an investment portfolio divided half-and-half between equities (such as stocks) and fixed income (like bonds). Don’t fall for investments that you don’t understand or that sound too good to be true.
  2. Live within a budget. Especially if you’re not accustomed to having a lot of money, it may take some discipline to preserve your winnings and not go on a wild spending spree. One way to restrain yourself is to only spend income–not principal.
  3. Take steps to protect assets. People who are worth a lot of money need to guard against losing assets to creditors. They include everyone from disgruntled spouses and ex-spouses to people who win lawsuits against you. If people think you have deep pockets they may look for reasons to sue.
The best defense is to erect a variety of roadblocks that make it difficult, if not impossible, for creditors to reach your money and property. These asset protection strategies, as they are called, can range from relying on state-law exemptions to creating multiple barriers through the use of trusts and family limited partnerships or limited liability companies. It may be possible to rely on a variety of strategies, either separately or in combination with each other.

  1. Plan charitable gifts. You can offset the additional income from your lottery winnings with a charitable deduction. But you must make your donation by Dec. 31.
For gifts to a public charity, donors are entitled to an income tax deduction for up to 50% of adjusted gross income (AGI) for cash contributions and up to 30% for donations of other appreciated assets held more than 12 months.

If you are unable to decide between now and year-end which charities to support, it may be worth considering a donor-advised fund. With a donor-advised fund, you can make a charitable donation this year and claim a federal tax deduction for your irrevocable contribution but postpone recommendations about which charities should receive grants from the account until some time in the future.

NOTE:  If you don’t want to be badgered by requests, see, “How To Stay Anonymous When You Give To Charity.”

  1. Review your estate plan. If your winnings have made you suddenly wealthy, this may be the first time that you need to plan for estate tax. The 2012 tax law offers more flexibility than ever before. Each person has a $5.43million limit on tax-free transfers, which can be applied during life, when you die or some combination of the two. So if you want to share some of your largess with family and friends, this is the ideal time to do that.
Source:  Forbes  

Moving With Us Is A Team Effort | North American Van Lines

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Our highly trained family of Relocation Consultants, move Coordinators, Drivers and packers guide you through the move.

Your Relocation Consultant is responsible for assessing your move needs, explaining all your service options, and accurately estimating your costs.  Your home will be fully surveyed for items that will be moved, and the Relocation Consultant will alert you to items that are not allowed to transport or have special requirements.

Your Move Coordinator is the person who stays on top of the details and makes sure that things happen when and how they should.

Your North American Driver and Packer do more than just drive the van and fill the boxes.  Drivers and packers are in charge of all aspects of physically moving your belongings.IMG_7338

This includes:

  • Using protective coverings to protect your home and items
  • Preparing a detailed inventory of items to be moved
  • Labeling each carton and piece of furniture with coded stickers to account for each and every one
  • Loading your properly packed and inventoried items into the van
  • Providing a Bill of Lading (a shipping contract) authorizing transport of your possessions
  • Finally, safely delivering your belongings to your new home
In a state-to-state move, a local North American Agent will handle completion of final delivery details and paperwork.  If requested in your estimate, this agent will also arrange for unpacking and removal of empty cartons and packing materials.

And, of the most important members of this team is – YOU!  your input is absolutely essential.  We’re counting on having you involved every step of the way.  

How Not To Lose Business During An Office Move

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Fl-Move-Slider3   When it comes to moving your business, it can seem like an inevitability that you will face down time, unavailable hours and lost business. Transitioning from one office or professional space to another is most certainly no easy task—coordinating the logistics of computers and phones, to office furniture and equipment can initially seem next to impossible.

However, moving your business successfully doesn’t have to include a marathon session of headaches! Planning your office transition effectively can provide a stress-free and optimistic experience.

  Coordinate

A large part of preparing your office for the incoming rush will be to communicate the upcoming move as effectively as possible—after all, what better way to utilize the talents of your team than to involve them directly in the process of their own transition?

Advising every team and department on the logistics of the move will prove an effective way to allow them to coordinate their own projects, equipment, and packing of personal things to ensure that the overall move is delegated seamlessly and fluidly.

  Cover all the Bases

Ensuring that you review the details of your move and opt for the most effective moving package can prevent a lot of undue logistical confusion. While personal moves will largely come down to which services and perks appeal to your personal preference, moving an office is no easy task for anyone, and can benefit highly from full-service or similar plans. You won’t want to be personally lugging desks and PC towers into a truck on a Wednesday morning, and your customers won’t want to wait around the extra time either!

Let Clients Know

Communication will prove to be key when dealing with a professional transition—be sure to reach out to any regular clients or customers in advance and make them aware of the fact that you’ll be undergoing a change in location.

Planning around a disruption in communication for 1-2 days can prove invaluable in not only keeping your current clients happy, but maintaining long-term client relationships as well. If your clientele is made aware of a shift in schedule, you’ll be much less likely to lose potential business by people being frustrated at the inability to get in touch.

Prep your New Location

If you plan on hitting the ground running in your new office space, you can have a productive, albeit rough, first day. Confirm the working order of telephone and electrical wiring, in addition to ensuring your internet connections are ready to go.

Consider setting up a handful of preliminary, temporary workspaces featuring a communal phone or computer, so that your team can hop on with high-importance clients and keep things running smoothly during the hectic transition.

Source:  NAVL Blog

A Guide to Florida Fun

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2011-06-19_20-36-37_347 Florida is probably the most family-friendly destination in the world. With the largest collection of theme parks that cater to the younger crowd, beaches along every stretch of the coast, and a rich history that can infuse a little education into your day, there’s never any shortage of things to do. Depending on what your goals are and what part of the state you’re living in, here are a few family activities you can look forward to.
  • Orlando Theme Parks: It’s impossible to talk about family activities in Florida without mentioning Orlando. From DisneyWorld and SeaWorld to Universal Studios, you could easily spend several weeks (and several thousand dollars) enjoying all this city has to offer.  However, Florida Residents get special rates and if you find the deal (like a 3 time pass for $129)…we recommend you take it!
  • Kennedy Space Center: For that perfect combination of excitement and education, you can’t go wrong with a trip the Kennedy Space Center. Even if there isn’t a launch happening while you’re present, there are plenty of exhibits and displays to draw in tourists and give the whole family something to look forward to.
  • Everglades National Park: Florida’s scenery is incredibly unique, and it’s worthwhile to visit some outdoor spaces that aren’t part of your neighborhood park. The Everglades National Park is a good place to start, and you can choose between activities like nature drives and hiking to more tended gardens. This park is huge, though (the third largest in the lower 48 states), so expect to choose a specific destination within its borders before you arrive.
  • Daytona International Speedway: This famous NASCAR race track has been open since 1959, hosting the Daytona 500 and regular car and motorcycle racing events. Plan your visit to coincide with a big race or simply stop by to see the layout—if your family likes racing, this is a must-visit site.
  • Fort Taylor: This Civil War fort is located on the southern tip of Florida and is well worth a visit. Not only are the views and nearby beaches enticing, but this fort played an important role in U.S. history and can serve as a great educational visit. (Visit during one of the regularly held Civil War reenactments for an even richer experience.)
Of course, not every family outing has to be a big one now that you’re moving to Florida. After an initial settling-in period, most families shy away from the bigger tourist destinations in favor of a quieter lifestyle.

Fortunately, there’s plenty to keep you active. Because of the great weather year-round, Florida is an ideal destination for activities like swimming, tennis, miniature golf, beach activities, and team sports. In fact, Florida is well-known among local families as one of the most competitive youth hockey markets, so there should be plenty to keep you occupied!

Happy Living in the Sunshine State!

Source:  NAVLblog

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