Will we see "electronic signatures" soon, as we see with the Florida Department of State on corporate filings?
Much depends on what the person already knows about the laws of property and inheritance
Only in a few situations are life insurance proceeds part of the probate estate.
"Per stirpes" means that if your child predeceases you but leaves children, those grandchildren inherit the parent's share.
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.
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.
Everyone has an estate plan. It’s either one they did themselves, or one done for them by the state.
Starting October 1, 2011, step-parents in Florida have even more incentive to have a Last Will.