How Does Property Pass to Heirs Under The Florida Probate Code?

| September 21, 2016

Florida law is very protective of property ownership rights in our State. Under the law, there is never a moment when any piece of property is not owned by someone or something. Maybe it’s a person, or an estate, or a trust or some other legal entity (Corporation, LLC, etc.). The kind of owner may […]

Twists in Intestate Succession Under Florida Law

| June 22, 2016

If a resident of Florida dies in our State without leaving a valid Last Will and Testament, then Florida’s probate law will decide how the decedent’s property is to be distributed to heirs. Florida’s intestacy statute controls in this scenario, which is something we have discussed in earlier posts (like this article about dying without […]

What Happens When You Can’t Find the Will?

| November 18, 2015

Probating Lost Wills in Florida No one likes to think about dying, and it’s not easy for many of us to sit down and deal with planning for death.  Still, most families have some sort of estate planning in place, even if it’s only a life insurance policy. Many people do plan ahead with a […]

What Happens When A Will Has Been Destroyed?

| September 30, 2015

A will contest is a lawsuit that happens when a beneficiary challenges a Last Will and Testament that has been presented to the probate court for the purpose of administrating a decedent’s estate. Essentially, one will has been offered for probate, and another party contends that the will offered is not valid or otherwise should not […]

10 Reasons Why New or Expectant Parents Should Have a Will

| October 14, 2014

Congratulations if you are reading this post because you are expecting a child or if you are a new parent. There are few joys in life as great as raising a child! Congratulations, too, on investigating how to protect your family in the event of an untimely passing on the part of you or your […]

Who Gets Your Property if You Die Without a Will in Florida? Determining Heirs Without a Will Under Florida Law

| November 7, 2013

In Florida, it’s important to have a valid will — if you die without a valid Florida Last Will and Testament, then Florida law is going to decide where your property goes and who gets what.  In lawyer-language, that means Florida law will “determine the heirs of the estate under the provisions of Florida intestate […]