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No One HAS To Serve as Personal Representative

Just because a Last Will names you as executor, that does not bind you.

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Condo Assessments Can Grab Heirs in Cases of Homestead

Inheriting a condo is no longer safe to walk away from.

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Probate cannot go totally paperless

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E-Filing Settling Down

Will we see "electronic signatures" soon, as we see with the Florida Department of State on corporate filings?

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“You Get What You Pay For”

Much depends on what the person already knows about the laws of property and inheritance

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Why Is Florida Probate So Complicated?

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Are Life Insurance Proceeds Assets in Probate?

Only in a few situations are life insurance proceeds part of the probate estate.

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What does “per stirpes” mean?

"Per stirpes" means that if your child predeceases you but leaves children, those grandchildren inherit the parent's share.

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E-filing producing a Logjam

E-filing will one day be as smooth and uniform among Florida’s state courts as it is in the federal court system. However, in the meantime, we ask our clients to be patient, because patience is greatly needed.

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Uncovering what your relative left, and to whom

With increasing frequency, people are setting up bank accounts and investment accounts with a “designation of beneficiary” to transfer on death (TOD). Those stocks or funds do not go through probate.

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