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Florida Probate Law: How Can a Person’s Estate Become an Intestate Estate Even if He or She Wrote a Florida Will?

Uncategorized Jul 9, 2019
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What is an intestate estate? Did your mom or dad die without a will? Is the will that your husband wrote valid according to Florida law? What happens if someone’s will was not properly executed? What does it mean to contest a will? Did your spouse forget to sign his Florida will before he passed away? How can you contest a will in West Palm Beach? When should you contact a Florida inheritance lawyer to determine whether you have a strong will contest case? What is an Intestate Estate? West Palm Beach probate lawyers know that a person dies intestate when they die without a Florida will. In addition, a person could die intestate if they executed a will that is invalid or had a will that they revoked without executing a new will. Florida Statute 732.101 states the following:  (1) Any part of the estate of a decedent not effectively disposed of by will passes to the decedent’s heirs as prescribed in the following sections of this code (2) The decedent’s death is the event that vests the heirs’ right to the decedent’s intestate property. Who Inherits If a Person Dies Intestate in Florida? If a person dies intestate, or without a valid Florida will, his or her heirs will inherit. In other words, heirs at law are entitled to inherit the decedent’s property under Florida’s intestacy statutes. Heirs may include children, spouses, siblings, and parents, depending on a number of factors. If your spouse or parent dies without […]

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EXECUTING A FLORIDA WILL: WHAT IS A VALID SIGNATURE?

Uncategorized Jul 5, 2019
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Did a family member pass away leaving a Florida will? Does the signature on your dad’s will look unusual? Did your mom sign her Florida will with a mark instead of her name? Did your dad forget to sign his Florida will before he passed away? Do you believe that a will admitted to the West Palm Beach probate court was executed incorrectly? Florida Statute 732.502: Executing a Valid Florida Will All Florida wills must be executed in strict compliance with certain statutory requirements. Florida Statute 732.502 describes what formalities must be met for a will to be valid in Florida. A valid Florida will must 1) be in writing 2) be signed by the testator or another person at the direction and in the presence of the testator 3) be signed at the end 4) be signed in the presence of at least two attesting witnesses, and the witnesses must sign in the presence of the testator and each other. If a will was filed in a Miami-Dade or Broward probate court that does not meet these statutory requirements, you may be able contest the will. Consider reading  Florida Statute 732.502 in its entirety, and interviewing a Florida law firm, like Pankauski Hauser, that specializes in probate litigation. Contesting a Florida To contest a will or trust in West Palm Beach, you first want to make sure that you have a strong legal team representing you. The probate attorney that you choose should have years of experience. In addition, […]

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What If a Florida Will Is Not Properly Signed by the Testator?

Uncategorized Jul 5, 2019
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Did your dad forget to sign his Florida will before he passed away? What can you do if the signature on a will looks fake? Is signing only your first name to a Florida will sufficient? How can you contest a will in Florida? When should you contact a West Palm Beach probate lawyer to determine whether you have a strong will contest case? How can an inheritance lawyer help you to prove that a will is invalid? Who Can Write a Valid Will in Florida? Florida Statute 732.501 states that any person who is of a sound mind and who is 18 years or older may execute a will. The person who is executing the will must have testamentary capacity. If they do not have testamentary capacity, or if the testator is proven to have been incompetent at the time he or she executed a will, the Florida will could be contested and deemed invalid by a probate court. There are four main components to show testamentary capacity (sometimes called “sufficient mental capacity”) in Florida: understanding that he or she is creating a distribution of his or her property after death, knowing the nature and extent of his or her property, knowing the named heirs and members of his or her family understanding in a reasonable manner the general nature and effect of the act of signing the will. What Statutory Requirements Must Be Met to Execute a Valid Will in Florida? As stated above, in order for a person to execute a valid will in Florida, they […]

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Who Inherits if There Is No Florida Will?

Uncategorized Jun 28, 2019
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What is dying intestate in Florida? If my mom or dad dies intestate, who will inherit his or her homestead? What do the Florida intestacy laws say? If my spouse dies intestate in Palm Beach or Tampa, do I inherit or do my spouse’s kids from a prior marriage inherit? What is a petition to determine intestate beneficiaries? When Does a Person Die Intestate? West Palm Beach probate lawyers know that a person dies intestate when they die without a will. In addition, a person could die intestate if they executed a will that is invalid or had a will that they revoked without executing a new will. Florida Statute 732.101 states the following:  (1) Any part of the estate of a decedent not effectively disposed of by will passes to the decedent’s heirs as prescribed in the following sections of this code (2) The decedent’s death is the event that vests the heirs’ right to the decedent’s intestate property. How do I know if I am an “heir” of the decedent? Who Inherits If a Person Dies Intestate in Florida? If a person dies intestate, or without a valid Florida will, his or her heirs will inherit. In other words, heirs at law are entitled to inherit the decedent’s property under Florida’s intestacy statutes. If your spouse or parent dies without a will, you may have valuable inheritance rights under Florida law. For example, Florida Statute 732.102 tells probate lawyers what spouses inherit from an intestate estate. If My Husband or Wife Dies […]

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What is the Proper Venue For my Florida Probate Proceeding?

Uncategorized Jun 25, 2019
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Venue For Probate Proceedings in Florida Venue is a legal term for where you can file a lawsuit. In other words, a venue is where actions or a lawsuit can be brought. Florida is the jurisdiction or “forum”, but venue refers to the particular county. For example, some cases can be brought in Orange County, while others can be brought in Palm Beach County. Florida Statute 47.011 & Trust Lawsuits Florida Statute 47.011 provides that “actions shall be brought only in the county where the defendant resides, where the cause of action accrued, or where the property in litigation is located.” Therefore, in a trust lawsuit, multiple factors will be considered to determine proper venue. Courts may consider where the trustee resides, where the trustee’s principal place of business is, where the Florida trust is being administered, etc. You should not assume that where the estate money is located is automatically a proper venue. For example, the estate money being located at a bank in Miami-Dade County, doesn’t guarantee that Miami-Dade County is a proper venue in which to sue the trustee. Venue and Florida Probate Administration Florida Statute 733.101(a) states that venue shall be in the county in this state where the decedent was domiciled. “Domicile” is defined in Florida Statute 731.201(13) as “a person’s usual place of dwelling and shall be synonymous with residence.”  Florida probate attorneys know that, if the decedent was not domiciled in Florida, his or her estate may still be probated in 1) any county where the […]

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Venue, Will Contests, and West Palm Beach Trust Lawsuits 

Uncategorized Jun 13, 2019
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Has your Florida trust attorney advised that you transfer your West Palm Beach trust lawsuit to a different venue? Has a beneficiary of an estate filed a motion to transfer venue? Are you confused about the Florida laws pertaining to venue, and how they can affect your Florida probate matter? When should a transfer of venue be considered? What is required for a Florida court to grant a motion to transfer venue? Can you move to transfer a will contest in Broward County to a more conveniently located venue? If you are involved in Florida litigation regarding a venue transfer, you may want to read an April 10, 2019 Fourth DCA opinion, Cohen v. Scarnato. Venue and Florida Probate Litigation Florida attorneys know that venue is a legal term for where you can file a lawsuit. In other words, a venue is where actions or a lawsuit can be brought. Florida is the jurisdiction or “forum”, but venue refers to the county in which your probate lawsuit or trust dispute may be heard. For example, some cases can be brought in Miami- Dade County, while others can be brought in Orange County. Proper Venue Florida Statute 47.011 provides that “actions shall be brought only in the county where the defendant resides, where the cause of action accrued, or where the property in litigation is located.” Therefore, in a trust or probate lawsuit, multiple factors will be considered to determine proper venue. Courts may consider where the trustee or personal representative […]

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Transferring Your Florida Trust Lawsuit to a Different Venue

Uncategorized Jun 11, 2019
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What is venue? What does venue have to do with a Florida trust lawsuit or Palm Beach will contest? If you are involved in a probate lawsuit, where do you sue the personal representative or trustee? How do you know if you sued the trustee in a proper venue? Can you transfer a trust dispute from one Florida county to another? What should your probate lawyer know about venue and trust litigation? What is Venue? Venue is a legal term for where you can file a lawsuit. In other words, a venue is where actions or a lawsuit can be brought. Florida is the jurisdiction or “forum”, but venue refers to the particular county. For example, some cases can be brought in Palm Beach County, while others can be brought in Broward County. Where Can a Florida Action Be Brought? Florida Statute 47.011 provides that “ actions shall be brought only in the county where the defendant resides, where the cause of action accrued, or where the property in litigation is located.” Therefore, in a trust lawsuit, multiple factors will be considered to determine proper venue. Courts may consider where the trustee resides, where the trustee’s principal place of business is, where the Florida trust is being administered, etc. You should not assume that where the estate money is located is automatically a proper venue. For example, the estate money being located at a bank in Miami-Dade County, doesn’t guarantee that Miami-Dade County is a proper venue in which to […]

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Who Can Create a Valid Will in Florida?

Uncategorized May 31, 2019
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In Florida, who can write a will? Who can have a trust drafted? Do you have to be over a certain age to create an estate plan? What is being of a “sound mind”? What is Florida Statute 732.501? How can you contest a will in Florida? How can a West Palm Beach probate lawyer help you to prove that a will is invalid? Who Can Write a Valid Will in Florida? Florida Statute 732.501 states that any person who is of a sound mind and who is 18 years or older may execute a Florida will. Florida estate lawyers and West Palm Beach trust attorneys know that a person needs to have testamentary capacity when they execute a will. Otherwise, their Florida will may end up being contested by the beneficiaries. What is being of a “sound mind”? What is testamentary capacity?  There are four main components to show testamentary capacity (sometimes called “sufficient mental capacity”) in Florida: understanding that he or she is creating a distribution of his or her property after death, knowing the nature and extent of his or her property, knowing the named heirs and members of his or her family understanding in a reasonable manner the general nature and effect of the act of signing the will. What are the Formalities Required for a Valid Will in Florida? Florida Statute 732.502 describes what formalities must be met for a will to be valid in Florida. A valid Florida will must 1) be in writing 2) be signed by the testator or another […]

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Holographic Wills in Florida

Uncategorized May 30, 2019
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Who can write a valid will in Florida? What does it mean to be of “sound mind”? What is a holographic will according to Florida law?  Are holographic wills valid in Florida? What should I know about Holographic wills? What Florida Statutes can I read to learn more about Holographic wills in Florida? How can a Florida probate lawyer assist me if I believe a will was not properly executed? When should I hire a West Palm Beach estate lawyer to contest a holographic will in my Florida probate proceeding? Who Can Write a Valid Will in Florida? Florida Statute 732.501 states that any person who is of a sound mind and who is 18 years or older may execute a Florida will. Florida estate lawyers and West Palm Beach trust attorneys know that a person needs to have testamentary capacity when they execute a will. Otherwise, their Florida will may end up being contested by the beneficiaries. What is being of a “sound mind”? What is testamentary capacity?  There are four main components to show testamentary capacity (sometimes called “sufficient mental capacity”) in Florida: understanding that he or she is creating a distribution of his or her property after death, knowing the nature and extent of his or her property, knowing the named heirs and members of his or her family understanding in a reasonable manner the general nature and effect of the act of signing the will.  What is a Holographic Will? A Palm Beach probate lawyer can tell […]

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How to Recognize Financial Exploitation of the Elderly in Florida

Uncategorized May 24, 2019
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Unfortunately, financial exploitation of the elderly has become a huge issue throughout Florida. Palm Beach guardianship lawyers and estate attorneys frequently receive calls from concerned relatives or friends regarding an elderly person being financially abused. What are the different ways that an elderly person may be financially exploited? How can you detect if your mom or dad is being financially exploited? What should you do if you believe that your elderly relative is being taken advantage of by a caretaker or “friend” ? When do you need an experienced Florida guardianship lawyer? Florida Couple Arrested for Financial Exploitation of the Elderly A recent article by Fox News describes just one way that an elderly person can be financially exploited. Here, a Florida couple allegedly stole over $50,000 from the bank account of an 82-year-old veteran. They stole most of the money by placing threatening calls to the man. They would tell him that, if he didn’t pay, he would have to go to jail. The police became aware of this scam because the poor elderly man called the Veterans Crisis Center after discovering that his bank account had been drained. He told the Crisis Center that his bank accounts were negative, and that he didn’t know what to do other than to end his own life. To read the entire article about this Florida exploitation of the elderly case, click here. Power of Attorney Mis-Use The above article discusses how an elderly person can be financially exploited by a scam […]

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