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Probate

How does probate work in Florida?

When someone dies, whatever property they have solely in their name becomes the property of their estate. Their estate also assumes responsibility for their financial obligations. Someone's debts and taxes become the responsibility of their estate after their death....

Was your loved one coerced into signing their will?

Losing a loved one is undoubtedly a challenging and emotional experience. Amidst the grieving process, it can be even more distressing to discover that your loved one might have been coerced into signing their will. Coercion refers to the act of forcing or...

Times when an estate plan might cause family disputes

It can be hard to keep everyone happy when making your estate plan, and that can lead to family disputes after you are gone. To reduce the chance your estate plan leads to one you need to understand what causes them. The following are examples of common challenges...

Who can be my estate’s personal representative?

After your death, your estate may enter probate, administering your assets based on the law and your wishes documented in your will or other legal documents. As the process begins, the court will appoint someone as your estate's representative or executor. This person...

What types of probate exist in Florida?

Losing a loved one is a painful experience, but it also brings about a number of administrative tasks. You’ll likely have to arrange the funeral, notify other family members and friends, and settle your loved one’s estate. The fact that the decedent chose you as...

Reducing probate costs through a living trust

Many people turn to estate planning to reduce costs associated with probate, the process wherein the court distributes a decedent’s assets to their heirs. Living trusts are among the most useful for this purpose among the different estate planning tools. What are the...

Which assets are exempt from Florida probate?

Probate is a complex and extensive process that can cost a deceased’s surviving heirs time, money and energy. Fortunately, there are ways to speed up an estate distribution, one of which is to identify which assets must go through probate and which are exempt. How...

What does an executor do if they can’t find an heir?

If you’re the executor of an estate, you may not have anticipated that one of your challenges might be having to track down a missing heir or other beneficiary. However, that can happen if the contact information the deceased person had for one of their extended or...

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