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Do All Estates Have To Go Through Probate in Florida?

In Florida, most estates will go through some sort of probate process. However, not every estate will need to go through probate. For instance, if a person passes away without a will and all of their assets have beneficiaries or joint owners with rights of survivorship, probate is likely not required. But since most people …

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Is Breach of Fiduciary Duty a Crime in Florida?

A breach of fiduciary duty occurs when a “fiduciary,” such as the personal representative of an estate, a trustee, or a guardian, fails to comply with the duties created by the nature of their relationship with another person.  A fiduciary relationship exists whenever one person places confidence and trust in and is at some level …

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What Is Probate Code Section 733.814?

Florida Probate Code Section 733.814 allows the personal representative or a beneficiary of an estate to initiate a “partition action” to split property between beneficiaries. It reads as follows: “When two or more beneficiaries are entitled to distribution of undivided interests in any property, the personal representative or any beneficiary may petition the court before …

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What Does an Inheritance Lawyer Do?

An inheritance lawyer, also known as a probate or estate lawyer, is a state-licensed attorney who helps personal representatives and heirs of estates handle the estate of a deceased person. An inheritance lawyer can be involved in various capacities based on the specific details of an estate.  A probate lawyer’s role in settling an estate …

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What Is Texas Estates Code Chapter 308?

Texas Estates Code Chapter 308 is the portion of Texas law that discusses the notice that the personal representative of a deceased person’s estate must provide to beneficiaries and creditors of the estate.  Section 308.002 requires personal representatives to provide notice to every beneficiary that is named in the will 60 days after the date …

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What Is Considered Property for Someone Who Died?

When someone dies, their property must be passed on to their heirs and beneficiaries. Everything that a person owns individually will be considered their property upon their death. This includes personal property such as cash, stocks, vehicles, clothes, furniture, and jewelry, as well as real property such as land and buildings.  Some assets will be …

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How Do You End a Life Estate?

A life estate is a type of real property interest that grants someone ownership rights for their lifetime or someone else’s lifetime, and grants a future interest in another person or persons, known as “remainderman” or “remaindermen.” The owner of the life estate, known as the “life tenant,” generally has the right to possess and …

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How To Divide Inherited Property Between Siblings?

When people pass away, they often leave behind bank accounts, investments accounts, retirement accounts, real property (homes, rental properties, etc.) and other personal assets as inheritance for their survivors. But how do two or more siblings divide up inherited real estate and other property? This question has caused countless family quarrels. However, you can take …

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