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Preferences Between a Mother and Father in a Florida Custody Case

It is an enduring myth that Florida courts will prefer the mother over the father in a custody matter, regardless of whether the parents were ever married. Although there may be some perceived bias on the part of some judges who make these determinations, Florida law requires that judges cannot prefer one parent over another […]

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Challenging a Will in Florida Probate Based on Undue Influence

Applying pressure to an elderly person to get him or her to change a will in your favor – whether the actor applying the pressure is a family member, friend, service worker, stranger, or otherwise – is sadly not just the stuff of soap operas and tabloids. It happens quite frequently, with elderly and/or ill […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How to Revoke a Family Trust

Creating a Florida family trust is a great way to provide for your family members after your passing, and helps avoid the delays, costs, and potential drama of probate court, while also allowing the grantor of a trust to ensure that property goes toward specific purposes, such as education or health costs. But there are […]

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What Does Intestate Mean?

A common word you might hear around discussion of wills and passings is “intestate.” The word can be used as an adjective to describe a situation where a person dies without a valid will in place (“She died intestate”) or it might be used to describe the deceased person specifically. Closely related is the word […]

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Five Times You Should Update Your Will

If you have a will in place, then you have already taken one of the most important steps to begin your estate planning. But a will that you create when you are younger may not cover all the issues that could arise in later years as the people and property in your life change. Updating […]

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Using an Enhanced Life Estate Deed in Florida

As we get older and move into the retirement phase of life, it is common to have two concerns: 1) how do we assure ourselves of a safe and stable place to live throughout our years, and 2) how do we pass our assets on to our loved ones without them being depleted by creditors, […]

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