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What is the difference between an Executor and a Personal Representative?

When an individual passes away, much needs to done to settle their affairs, which may include liquidating and distributing assets, paying debts and filing tax returns. The person who is entrusted with this responsibility may be called an executor, a personal representative or administrator. These titles all refer to the individual acting in a fiduciary Read More

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The Dangers of a DIY Will

Do it yourself (or “DIY”) is becoming more popular every day. There is a DIY for almost everything from household products to legal documents. DIY wills offer a cheaper alternative to hiring an attorney, but as attractive as those prices may seem, it can be a risky approach. Many people are avoiding hiring an attorney Read More

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What Does a Personal Representative Do?

Maybe you knew the day would come. Or maybe you were surprised to find out when you read the Will. Perhaps someone else read the Will and then informed you. Whatever the case, it is YOUR name listed to be the personal representative of the estate. What does that mean for you? What does a Read More

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Avoiding the Contest of A Will

In a previous blog, I talked about contesting a Will. I mentioned how unlikely it is for someone to win the lawsuit when they are challenging a Will. In many cases, someone would try to challenge a Will if the individual was deemed to no longer have mental capacity when the Will was signed. However, Read More

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What if someone contests my will?

It has been the law in Florida for many years that Florida judges must make every effort to respect the wishes of the person who has passed away and whose property is being probated. As explained by a Florida judge back in 1927, “ … wills should be given effect except on clear showing of deception, Read More

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How to avoid probate in Florida

You have many assets to leave to your heirs and your wishes as to how they will be distributed are all written in your will. Many people think that it’s just that simple; you have a Will, everything is distributed as said in the Will and no probate is needed. However, that is not the Read More

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