Long-time Englewood attorney Dean Hanewinckel has released his first book, The Official Snowbirdâ€™s Guide to Becoming a Florida Resident. The book is designed to help people moving to Florida protect their money and assets. While we have not read the book, based on what Dean has told us, I think this could be a valuable resource for anyone thinking about moving to the Tampa Bay area.
â€œMany new residents are losing hundreds to thousands of dollars because they arenâ€™t familiar with our laws and customs,â€ said Hanewinckel. â€œIn some cases, people are needlessly paying taxes to their former state, while others arenâ€™t taking advantage of our homestead laws. Every stateâ€™s laws regarding taxes and property are different. Knowing how we do things in Florida can save a new resident from paying unnecessary costs when buying a home and from construction liens when building one.â€
Each year up to 300,000 people move to Florida, and this book aims to make their transition a smooth one. Starting with a step-by-step guide to becoming a Florida resident, the book also covers valuable topics such as the stateâ€™s taxes, buying, building and insuring a home in Florida and estate planning in Florida.
â€œAfter 24 years of helping clients with these issues,â€ said Hanewinckel, â€œit became my mission to collect this information and put it in one easy-to-read book. Itâ€™s the most comprehensive resource to becoming a Florida resident on the market.â€
Hanewinckel has practiced law in Englewood since 1984, helping clients with their estate planning, real estate and business law needs. The Official Snowbirdâ€™s Guide to Becoming a Florida Resident can be purchased through Amazon.com. Its companion website, www.newfloridaresident.com, contains forms and resources that supplement information in the book.
Our team has a lot of knowledge as well on the subject, so in addition to the book, don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions and concerns should you be considering a real estate purchase in Tampa Bay.