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How does a Florida TOD account work in Florida?

Probate Information Feb 14, 2021
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A Florida TOD account is supposed to transfer the account, typically a bank or financial account, to the surviving owner. If transfer on death is so “easy”, why are so many family members and executors having a probate dispute over them? The owners are generally those whose names appear on the account title. That’s why probate litigation law firms issue subpoenas under Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.350 to attempt to obtain complete bank records. But, it is possible that the named beneficiary of the account does NOT inherit. To learn how a transfer on death account for a Florida bank account can go to probate or the estate, read on. What is a Florida Convenience Account? A Florida Convenience account is one of those things that is not what it says it is, jokes John Pankauski, Managing Partner of Pankauski Hauser Lazarus PLLC, an expert probate litigation law firm. And Pankauski should know. After all, unlike most “probate” lawyers, he has actually won bank account trials and also handles TOD and pay on death appeals. You can read more about convenience accounts at Fla. Stat. 655.80, which can cause a probate court to ignore the survivorship feature of the Florida TOD account, and give it to the estate, where it can be subject to creditors and expenses of administration. (See Fla. Stat. 733.707 for the schedule of payment of expenses of administration and creditors claims, including attorneys fees). Florida TOD Bank Account Trials “Be cautious” warns Pankauski, about challenging […]

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What does “TOD” mean on this Bank Statement?

Uncategorized Feb 3, 2015
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Billion$ in “TOD” Florida Bank Accounts What does “TOD” mean on a bank account?  We have previously written about TOD accounts and Florida POD accounts. Now, let’s update this important Florida probate topic by giving you a link to two important Florida statutes + also a 2105 Florida probate opinion you can read for free. Here is the link to previous Florida TOD commentary: https://www.pankauskilawfirm.com/blog/avoid-probate-in-west-palm-beach-through-trusts-life-insurance-and-other-non-probate-assets-learn-how/ Transfer on death typically means that the named individual on the bank account inherits it automatically, by operation of law, when the other co owner dies.  Securities such as stocks and bonds and interests in Florida LLCs may be the subject of transfer on death ownership.  Florida Transfer on Death Security Registration Act TOD Law in Florida A 2015 Florida probate case about TOD accounts and pay on death accounts sheds like on these “will substitutes.”  2015 Florida TOD Probate Case  When someone dies all his or her assets don’t necessarily go to the same place!  And sometimes special bank accounts do not need to be probated. The good news is that Florida has TOD laws and Pay On Death Statutes which you can read for free.  Florida Statutes on TOD and Pay on Death Accounts Do not just assume the probate property is the extent of your relative’s estate. Now more than ever, people are setting up bank accounts and investment accounts with a “designation of beneficiary” to transfer on death (TOD). The beneficiary is the person to whom the asset will transfer after the […]

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