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  • 5 Common Mistakes Made in Wills (Florida)

    We all know that having a last will is a way to make certain that your wishes regarding the distribution of your assets are followed. Once you have everything in place, you can breathe easy, right? Before exhaling, take a look at the following common mistakes made in wills. By d...

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  • 6 Steps to a Good Will in Florida: How to Get Motivated

    Introduction A will is a critical legal document and one of the best ways to ensure your wishes are followed after your death. A will determines not only what happens to your assets and how property is distributed, but it can also direct what happens to your children, pets - eve...

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  • Protect Your Children: Picking a Guardian in Florida

    Introduction There is a very good reason why parents should select guardians. If parents do not, a judge will pick the person who will act as parent to your surviving child. That is exactly why it is better to be prepared than leave the all-important decision to strangers. Fortu...

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  • Contesting a Will in Florida

    When can a will be challenged? A will can be challenged only after death, not while the maker of the will is still alive, although the facts surrounding the creation of the will can be gathered and p

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  • Florida Probate - Intestacy Law: A General Summary If I Die Without a Will

    How is Distribution of the Estate Handled if there is no Will? Florida law sets forth rules for the distribution of an estate if there is no will, known as the laws of intestacy. A general summary is as follows: If these is a surviving spouse and no lineal descendants, the sur...

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  • Florida Probate: Some Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is Probate? Probate is the method by which the assets of a deceased person are gathered, creditors paid, and the remainder of the estate distributed to beneficiaries for their inheritance. In most Florida counties, the probate system is conducted in a specialized probate ...

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  • Buying Real Estate in Florida - An Overview of the Legal Process

    1. MAKING AN OFFER. Owners of real estate may sell their property either with or without the help of a licensed real estate professional ("Realtor"). However, finding purchasing real estate is generally far easier when Realtors are involved. Once a purchaser finds real estate t...

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  • What Happens if I Die Without a Will?

    No matter how small your property or assets, whether you're single or married, whether or not you have children or even pets, it's important to have a will that designates what happens to your property after your death, or else the courts decide who gets-or doesn't get-what. Inte...

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  • Guardianship: 10 Warning Signs to Help Determine if a Family Member Needs Help

    According to the Eldercare Locator (a public service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Aging), you should ask yourself the following 10 questions when looking for warning signs that your elderly family member needs help: Has your family member...

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  • Real Estate Contract Contingencies

    Making an offer to purchase real estate can be a very stressful event for many home buyers. Often, a buyer is committing to spend a substantial amount of money on a property they have viewed for less than thirty minutes. Adding more stress to the situation is the fact that proper...

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