Florida HOA law does not address the issue. If there is a court order appointing an executor of the estate, then the HOA should honor that court order. Denying the executor the right to vote, as the court-ordered authorized agent of the decedent, could create quite a legal mess for the HOA.
If you are a board member, I recommend the association discuss this with the HOA attorney. If you are the executor, I recommend you stress to the HOA you were appointed by a court order to represent the interests of the estate.
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Once the executrix is given a letter of administration, by court order she becomes "legally" vested with all of the powers the deceased had before death. therefore, it appears that while the law may not specifically direct HOA's to honor a testatrix's vote, the testatrix is legally the same as the deceased and is legally given the authority to do so and to bring an action against the HOA if it does not allow the vote. the HOA cannot just shut the testatrix out since she takes the place of the deceased in wrapping up his affairs - such as say, signing leases or deeds and other documents transferring the real estate, etc.
I agree with Attorney Stage and Attorney Mitchell. Additionally, the governing documents of the HOA may specifically state that the executrix has the right to vote. More specifically, I would look in the Bylaws and the Declaration of Covenants of the HOA.
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