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WILL MY EX-SPOUSE INHERIT FROM MY WILL IN FLORIDA?

In a previous post, we talked about the Five Times You Should Update Your Will. One of the life events mentioned is when a person gets divorce. Here, we'll speak more in detail about how your will is affected in Florida when you get a divorce. Speak to a Florida wills attorney for specific guidance as it applies to your situation.

WHO INHERITS WHEN A PARENT DIES WITHOUT A WILL IN FLORIDA?

Even with all of the many strong reasons to create a will, it of course happens that a parent who avoids creating a will sometimes pass on, leaving their family in confusion about what happens next. Below are a few of the basics about who inherits when a parent dies without a will in Florida. Speak to a Florida wills attorney about guidance in your specific probate matter, or to create or update a Florida will.

THE DANGERS OF ONLINE DIY WILL SERVICES LIKE LEGALZOOM

Most people understand that a will is critical for all adults. Without one, your assets will likely go into a probate court, an often long and expensive process by which a court will distribute your assets according to state law (and in spite of whatever wishes or statements you had made regarding distribution), while your family and beneficiaries see their potential assets siphoned away by attorney fees and court costs. At the same time, we all want to save a buck, and so DIY will services such as LegalZoom can be tempting as they offer kits that claim to allow you to create a will for under $100. But are they worth it? Be aware of the dangers of placing your life's assets in the hands of an downloadable form from the internet.

THE PROBATE PROCESS IN FLORIDA

When a person dies with assets that are not all automatically transferred to beneficiaries via an estate planning tool such as a living trust or life insurance, those assets will generally need to be distributed to the beneficiaries through the probate process. This is the case regardless of whether the deceased had a will in place. The probate process in Florida can be lengthy and complex, and interested parties, as well as the personal representative of an estate, may well need to employ the services of an experienced probate attorney to handle the probate matters more easily and quickly.

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