What Does Probate Mean?

We receive calls daily where potential clients ask what is probate? The Florida Bar states: “Probate is a court-supervised process for identifying and gathering the assets of a deceased person (decedent), paying the decedent’s debts and distributing the decedent’s assets to his or her beneficiaries. In general, the decedent’s assets are used first to pay …

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WHAT ARE THE RIGHTS OF THE DECEDENT’S SURVIVING FAMILY?

This is a question I answer almost every day in my law practice. The Florida Bar states: “The decedent’s surviving spouse and children may be entitled to receive probate assets from the decedent’s probate estate, even if the decedent’s will gives them nothing. Florida law protects the decedent’s surviving spouse and certain surviving children from …

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What is a Will?

WHAT IS A WILL? The Florida Bar states, “A will is a written direction controlling the disposition of property at death. The laws of each state set the formal requirements for a legal will. In Florida: You, the maker of the will (called the testator), must be at least 18 years old. You must be …

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