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Can an Executor Take Money from the Estate?

When you and your loved ones are waiting for an executor to finish the Florida probate process, it can feel like the executor is standing between you and your inherited assets. But sometimes it isn’t just court delays causing problems. Unfortunatel… Read More
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Tips to Create A Florida Will that Cannot be Contested

You may have strong feelings about the way you want your affairs handled after your death. You may believe (rightfully) that an heir will not handle their inheritance well, or that a spouse or family member should not receive a share of your assets.… Read More
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Categories: Probate, Trusts
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5 Reasons to File a Will Challenge

The death of a loved one can strain relations with family members. When that loved one’s estate plan changed in their final years, or excludes close family members, it could raise concerns that the Will is invalid. Here are 5 reasons you may need t… Read More
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What is Lis Pendens in Florida?

You may have seen the Latin term “lis pendens” while scrolling through real estate listings or at an open house or real estate auction. Understanding what it is, and how legal proceedings relate to real property in Florida, can help you make an i… Read More
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Trustees Behaving Badly: What are Your Options?

Protecting Trust Assets and Beneficiaries When your family manages its money using a trust, your comfort and livelihoods may depend on the trustee doing their job well. Unfortunately, sometimes the people managing your money will not live up to the t… Read More
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Categories: Probate, Trusts
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What to Do When the Estate’s Assets Don’t Add Up

If your family relies on a trust or guardianship to provide for a loved one, or if a deceased relative’s estate is in the process of distribution, your inheritance, and sometimes your livelihood, can depend on someone else’s work. When the estate… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning, Probate
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Revocation of Probate: What it Means for Heirs and Beneficiaries

As an heir or beneficiary to a loved one’s estate, do you have any recourse when someone else starts a probate case on their behalf? Revocation of probate can be a useful tool when a caregiver or another relative tries to put forward an invalid or… Read More
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How And When To Use a Partition Action

No one wants to be stuck owning property with people they don’t get along with. But you also don’t want a piece of land to come between you and your loved ones. When you are in conflict over a home, land, or other real property, a Florida partiti… Read More
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Defending a Will Challenge

If you are an executor or personal representative of an estate, you don’t want to be served a complaint challenging the validity of your loved one’s Will. Defending a Will challenge can be emotionally taxing and will delay your family’s ability… Read More
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Understanding Will Revocation Before Probate

Life can change unexpectedly. Sometimes, a Will written years before no longer reflects one’s wishes. Here’s a summary of when and how to revoke a Will when the documents and your family’s needs don’t match. Options to Revoke a Will Writing a… Read More
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