What to Know About Avoiding Probate in Florida

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What to Know About Avoiding Probate in Florida

One of the main goals of estate planning is to avoid the probate process as much as possible. Probate can easily get drawn out, resulting in higher court expenses and a longer time passing before heirs are able to receive their inheritance. Here’s a quick look at some of the most important things to know […]

Strategies to Avoid Costs Associated With Probates

Sometimes, it’s in the best interest of people planning their estate to do what they can to avoid probate. Here are a few examples of some of the strategies you can use to avoid probate. Use a trust: Revocable living trusts can be used to bypass the probate process. Trust property is not probated, meaning […]

How Has Coronavirus Impacted the Probate Process in Florida?

The impact of COVID-19 has been evident in just about every area of business, including the legal world. The impact has been particularly severe on the probate court here in Florida. As of mid-November, there had been more than 870,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida and nearly 18,000 deaths, with the hardest-hit areas being […]

Common Myths About the Probate Process

The average person is not likely to be well versed in estate planning law, so it should come as no surprise that there are a variety of myths that surround the estate planning and probate process. Here are just a few of these most common probate-related myths and the truths behind them. MYTH: The probate […]

Will Life Insurance Proceeds Have to Go Through Probate?

One common question people with life insurance policies have is whether or not they need to worry about proceeds from those policies passing through probate. The good news is that rarely will those payouts be subject to the probate process, so long as you have stayed up to date with your beneficiary designations. However, if […]

Is it Possible to Have a Personal Representative Removed?

As someone planning an estate, it is important you put the proper time and thought into the selection of the best possible personal representative for your estate. Your chosen representative should be someone without conflicts of interest in your estate matters, who is capable of handling all the various tasks associated with the position, who […]

Do Life Insurance Proceeds Go Through the Probate Process?

In most circumstances, life insurance payouts do not go through probate. As long as you have your beneficiary designations in order, there should not be any issue with your chosen beneficiaries getting the money they are owed after you pass. However, you may need to conduct some extra planning if you will potentially owe estate […]

Can You Quitclaim Property Rather Than Leaving it In a Will?

It’s common for people to use wills or trusts to leave behind property to loved ones. However, there are other options available, such as gifting property or using a quitclaim for real estate. You do have the ability to  deed your property to others during your life.  People sometimes refer to that as quitclaiming property, […]

In Which Circumstances Can an Estate Entirely Avoid Probate?

There are some circumstances in which Florida estates do not have to go through the probate process. This usually happens when the deceased person leaves very little behind in terms of assets or property. Florida offers what is called Disposition Without Administration, a process that lets a person who paid for the final expenses of […]

What Happens with Debts when You Pass Away?

There are a few types of debt that will be forgiven upon your death. However, in most cases, debts and other financial obligations you have will be paid out of your estate. The following is a quick look at some of the most common types of debts and how they get handled when the debtor […]