Probate cannot go totally paperless

  • Posted by Bruce McDonald
  • May 28, 2014
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E-Filing Settling Down

  • Posted by Bruce McDonald
  • April 07, 2014
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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”

  • Posted by Bruce McDonald
  • February 05, 2014
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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?

  • Posted by Bruce McDonald
  • December 07, 2013
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Are Life Insurance Proceeds Assets in Probate?

  • Posted by Bruce McDonald
  • October 31, 2013
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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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There’s always a plan, just not always a good plan.

  • Posted by Katie White
  • November 29, 2011
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Everyone has an estate plan. It’s either one they did themselves, or one done for them by the state.

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Important Change to Florida law

Starting October 1, 2011, step-parents in Florida have even more incentive to have a Last Will.

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