Undue influence or pressure is a legal cause of action that can be used to invalidate a will or trust in Florida. You can also challenge beneficiary designations for payable-on-death bank and securities accounts in Florida. If you can win an undue pressure lawsuit, a probate court may be forced to invalidate an entire inheritance […]
Inheritance laws in Florida are based on whether there was a valid, enforceable last will and testament for the person who passed. If they had executed and signed a will, their remaining assets would typically be distributed according to the wishes outlined in the document. However, if someone passes away without a will, their assets
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
The term “residuary” refers to the “residue” of an estate or trust, which is all of the property that remains after the specific gifts detailed in the will or trust are distributed. An asset, such as personal property or real estate, is considered to be part of the residue of an estate or trust if
El tribunal de sucesiones de Florida supervisa la disposición del patrimonio de cada difunto (la persona que falleció). En Florida, si una persona fallece sin testamento, el tribunal de sucesiones administra su patrimonio según las leyes de sucesión intestada. Sin embargo, tener un testamento no garantiza que podrá evitar una administración judicial de la sucesión.
En Florida, si alguien muere y deja un testamento válidamente ejecutado que dispone de sus bienes, al fallecer, los bienes usualmente se distribuirán de acuerdo a los deseos descritos en el documento. Sin embargo, si alguien fallece sin un testamento válido, las leyes de sucesión intestada dictan el esquema de distribución de los bienes a
Fraudulent misrepresentation, occurs when a false statement is knowingly made about an important fact, with the intent that the representation will cause another to act upon it, and the party relying on the representation is injured or damaged as a result. This can be the basis of legal action in some probate situations. When an
The term “probate” refers to the process by which a deceased individual’s assets are distributed to their heirs or beneficiaries, when the assets do not have beneficiary designations and are not held jointly with rights of survivorship. In Florida, this process can be either a formal administration or summary administration. A formal administration requires appointment
Conflicts between siblings during the probate process often arise when it comes to the division of assets. Litigation between siblings may cause a rift and lead to emotional family conflicts. An experienced probate litigation attorney can help you navigate family probate problems, and work towards the fair and proper resolution or division of an estate.
Under Florida law, when a loved one passes away, their primary place of residence (provided that it meets the necessary criteria to enjoy homestead protection) is a non-probate asset. This means that, once the probate court determines a property to be a protected homestead, the property will pass outside of the probate process and will
An Affidavit of Heirs or Affidavit of Heirship is a sworn statement, given under oath, that identifies the relatives who may be the heirs of a person who passes away. The Affidavit of Heirs should list the names, ages, and addresses of the decedent’s relatives, and it should indicate the date of death of any
In Florida probate cases, a petition to sell real property is filed by the personal representative of an estate when court approval is needed to sell real estate. The court will approve the sale if it is in the best interest of the estate and those who have an interest in the property. Notice of