Estate administration and probate litigation in Florida can be intimidating. Whether you are planning your estate for the benefit of your family, administering the estate of a loved one, or challenging the way an estate is being handled, understanding the probate process can be overwhelming.
A will in Florida determines how assets should be divided after the estate owner passes on. Those who are left money in a will may need to take a variety of steps to actually receive the funds. The first step is to talk to the executor (assuming the beneficiary is not performing this role). At this time, it can be possible to ask about the process of obtaining the money in a respectful manner.
It is very difficult to challenge a Florida testator's will, and the vast majority of wills go through probate court without being contested. Courts will try to stick to the terms of a will exactly unless there is proof that the will is invalid. If a will is invalidated, the court may use a previous will or intestacy laws to decide how property should be distributed.
Some Florida residents who are named as an executor under a friend's or family member's will may believe that they can tackle the probate process on their own. There are several reasons why this might be a poor idea, as there are many requirements that might be difficult to understand.
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In today's post, we'll once again spend some time examining the probate process in the Sunshine State in the hopes of clarifying what remains a mysterious legal proceeding and dispelling any longstanding myths.
Today's post will continue our ongoing efforts to demystify the probate process. As always, our aim in this series of posts is to help reduce any anxiety people might experience at having to be involved in the legal process and, perhaps more significantly, debunk any misconceptions.
In a series of ongoing posts, our blog has been providing some basic background information on what people can expect from the probate process in Florida. The goal in doing so is twofold: to help alleviate some of the anxiety that people might be experiencing at the thought of having to enter a courtroom and to clarify any misunderstandings.
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