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Contesting a Florida Will

Uncategorized Jul 26, 2019
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What is a will contest in Florida? What can I do if I think that a West Palm Beach will is invalid? How do I dispute a will that I believe was executed due to duress or undue influence? What type of lawyer do I need to hire to contest a Florida will? How do I know if I should bother contesting a will or trust in Florida? Will Contests in Florida A will contest is an objection raised against the validity of a will. If you believe that a will is invalid, you can hire a Florida estate litigator to contest the will on your behalf. Will contest lawsuits take place in probate courts in front of a probate judge. In order to determine whether you have a strong will contest case, you should consult with an experienced probate litigation lawyer. Hiring the Right Will Contest Lawyer Probate lawyers and trust attorneys know that, 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, make sure to choose a probate lawyer with plenty of TRIAL experience. Many Florida probate lawyers do not litigate or go to trials. Instead, they focus primarily on writing wills and trusts or administering them. Reasons to Contest a Florida Will At Pankauski Hauser, we are frequently hired to contest wills and Palm Beach trusts. You may […]

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Why Should I Create an Estate Plan?

Uncategorized Jul 25, 2019
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How does dementia affect probate litigation? How does dementia affect a revocable trust?  Why is it so important to meet with your Florida estate planning attorney to draft a will or trust? How can a Florida estate plan help you to avoid a guardianship? How can a solid estate plan help you if you suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s? Why should I create an estate plan in Florida? What do probate litigators and guardianship lawyers need to know about dementia? How can dementia affect an estate?

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Pretermitted Spouses and Probate Lawsuits

Uncategorized Jul 16, 2019
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What is a pretermitted spouse? What should trust and estates attorneys in West Palm Beach know about pretermitted spouses? If your husband wrote his Florida will years before he met you, you may want to read Florida Statute 732.301.

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Florida Probate Litigation: Unjust Enrichment Claims

Uncategorized Jul 15, 2019
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What is an unjust enrichment action? When can a West Palm Beach probate lawyer bring an unjust enrichment claim? What should Florida trust attorneys know about unjust enrichment claims? Are these claims common in probate or guardianship lawsuits? To learn more about unjust enrichment claims, you may want to read a November 21, 2018 Fourth DCA opinion, Southern Specialties Inc. v. Farmhouse Tomatoes Inc.  

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Why Should I Have a Florida Will?

Uncategorized Jul 12, 2019
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In Florida, if you die without a will, you are dying intestate. This means that your wealth will pass to your heirs. Who are heirs? If you have a spouse and children, they will probably inherit. However, sometimes the people who Florida Law considers to be heirs are not the people you want to inherit from you. According to a February 8,2017 New York Times article, only 42% of American adults have a will.  However, Florida probate lawyers know that getting a will drafted by an estate planning lawyer can be a simple and affordable process.

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Probate Litigation: Beneficiaries v. Personal Representative

Uncategorized Jul 10, 2019
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West Palm Beach probate litigators frequently encounter inheritance cases where the beneficiaries of a Florida estate sue the personal representative of the estate. Usually, these inheritance lawsuits are even between family members. What are these disputes over? What types of issues do trust and estates lawyers frequently encounter? When do you need to hire a Florida probate lawyer? What do you do if a personal representative or executor is being bad? What rights do you have as a beneficiary? Is there an estate issue worth suing over in your Florida probate matter? A January 9,2019 Fourth DCA opinion is a good example of a lawsuit between a Florida personal representative and the beneficiaries.

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Marriage and Florida Guardianships

Uncategorized Jul 10, 2019
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If I am subject to a guardianship in West Palm Beach, can I still get married? What is an adult guardianship? What should your guardianship lawyer know about the right to marry and guardianship litigation? What is Florida Statute, Section 744.3215? You may want to read, Smith v. Smith, a March 2, 2016 Fourth District Court of Appeal opinion. Florida Guardianships Probate lawyers know that, when we talk about guardianships in Florida, we’re not talking about guardians for minors. Instead, we are talking about guardianships for adults. Adults may be subject to a guardianship if they become incapacitated and unable to care for themselves. Oftentimes, family members file for a guardianship over a loved one in order to ensure that the loved one is being properly cared for. A Florida guardianship proceeding is initiated by the filing of a petition with a probate court. This petition explains that the person you are seeking a guardian for is incapacitated and needs some protection, or rights taken away. There is then a process to determine whether the person is incapacitated. The court also considers whether there is a lesser restrictive alternative to a guardianship that adequately addresses the person’s needs. For example, if a person has a power of attorney and a revocable trust, he or she may not need a guardian. Florida Guardianship Litigation At Pankauski Hauser, guardianship matters have become a very large part of our probate practice. This is because guardianship litigation in Florida is becoming more and more frequent. Guardianship litigation […]

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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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