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My Spouse Passed Away—Will Our Assets Go Through Probate?

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As described by the Florida Courts, probate is the court supervised process whereby a person’s property/assets are identified, valid creditors are paid, and distributions are eventually made to the rightful heirs. For a number of different reasons, many people want to avoid probate. It can sometimes be a slow and frustrating process. This raises… Read More »


The Executor is Not Following the Will — What Options are Available

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A will is a foundational estate planning document. In writing a proper will, one needs to appoint an executor — this being the trusted person who will be responsible for identifying property, handling all debts and creditor claims, and distributing assets in accordance with the last wishes of the deceased. Unfortunately, in some cases,… Read More »


Protecting Your Assets From Probate

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Probate is the process the court uses after an individual dies to distribute his or her assets to his or her loved ones. Probate is a necessary process for any estate, though how much is involved in the process depends on the contents of the individual’s estate and amount and type of estate planning… Read More »


Understanding the Probate Process

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The death of a loved one is always devastating, and requires a considerable amount of time to process, as well as to grieve. In the midst of planning funeral arrangements, it is often necessary to negotiate the complicated process of gathering the required documents to, for example, access bank accounts and receive any life… Read More »

How Owning Property in another State Affects Your Estate Plan

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Florida is commonly considered a state that a person moves to for work or retirement, but is not generally viewed as a place where many people are born and grow up. In fact, only 36 percent of Floridians are native to the state, according to the most recent numbers released in 2012. Most transplants… Read More »

When and How to Remove a Personal Representative in Probate Proceedings

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Once a person dies, one of the most important players involved with the deceased’s estate is the personal representative. The personal representative is a person, bank, or trust company appointed by a court to serve as the administrator of the deceased’s estate in probate proceedings. A probate proceeding is a court-supervised process that identifies… Read More »

How to Properly Transfer Real Property to an Estate Trustee

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Many people associate trusts with wealthy philanthropists and do not see them as applicable to the average person. However, trusts offer estate planning benefits that apply to everyone and can be a cost effective tool to distribute property after death. Trusts allow the creator to have more control over how his/her property is ultimately… Read More »

The Role and Duties of a Trustee in Estate Planning

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Deciding how to plan, organize and designate the method used to pass your estate on to family and/or friends after your death is an extremely important decision that will have repercussions long after you are gone. One fairly common estate planning tool is the trust. The purpose of a trust is to create a… Read More »

Duties of a Personal Representative in Probate Proceedings

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When a person dies it is not uncommon for loved ones to have questions about how to handle and distribute the deceased’s property according to the terms of a will or trust, or under Florida law for those dying without wills, or intestate. Most estates must enter a process called probate in order to… Read More »

Types of Estate Administrations in Probate Proceedings

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When a family or close friend dies, it is normal to ask what happens to the financial and personal effects of the deceased, and how one initiates the correct process for settling the deceased’s estate. The probate process is the method most people associate with distributing the assets of an estate, but it is… Read More »

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