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Florida Wills and Probate: Undue Influence Claims

By Larry E. Bray |

The term undue influence is a legal cause of action that allows someone to challenge a will’s validity. It can also be used to challenge deeds and inter vivos (during life) transfers. Undue influence is not just any type of influence. For example, asking your parents to give you a larger portion of the… Read More »


Stages of a Florida Probate Administration

By Larry E. Bray |

With a formal probate administration, the court monitors the process closely and oversees the distribution of the decedent’s assets. The three main stages of a probate administration in Florida include: Opening the estate for probate Administering the estate Closing the estate for probate Opening a Florida Estate for Probate The first step is to… Read More »


Estate Planning in Florida: Different Types of Trusts Available

By Larry E. Bray |

Traditionally, people think about wills when it comes to estate planning. However, another option is a trust. A trust is a separate fund that spells out how your assets are to be distributed upon your death. It offers additional benefits like tax minimization, no probate, and the ability to specify who will take care… Read More »


Differences between GRAT, GRIT, and GRUT Trusts

By Larry E. Bray |

The Internal Revenue Code defines a “grantor trust” as a trust where the person who created the trust is the owner of its assets and property for estate tax and income tax purposes. Essentially, the grantor has control and can direct the trust’s assets and income. The use of certain kinds of trusts can… Read More »


What Role Does a Personal Representative Play in a Florida Probate?

By Larry E. Bray |

When someone passes away and leaves a will, the estate will need to go through probate to verify the validity of the will and how the estate will be divided. The personal representative is a person, trust company, or bank who is appointed by judge to be the one in charge of administering the… Read More »


Basic Legal Requirements of a Florida Last Will and Testament

By Larry E. Bray |

If someone dies without a will in Florida, it’s considered to be “intestate,” and the state laws will determine how the estate will be distributed. The potential beneficiaries will have no legal standing to dispute the court’s distribution of the estate pursuant to the applicable intestate laws. Creating a Last Will and Testament is… Read More »


The Advantages of Purchasing an Attorney-Written Title Insurance

By Larry E. Bray |

Title insurance protects the buyer of a home or land against loss of the property should there be later discovery that the title of the property was “imperfect.”  Imperfect title is a legal term of art that means that someone has a claim (whether legitimate or illegitimate) to the property.  Imperfect title could also… Read More »


3 Myths about Small Asset Estates

By Larry E. Bray |

In Florida, small asset estates are estates that are worth $75,000 or less. These estates are also eligible for summary administration, which provides a speedy process for disposing of estates without the long wait brought on by traditional probate requirements. The common misconception is that the smaller the estate, the simpler the probate process…. Read More »


Business to Business Debt Collection Strategies

By Larry E. Bray |

Every successful business relies on other businesses. This is the only way to keep a business thriving.  Restaurants rely on wholesale food vendors to stock a busy kitchen and a large law firm relies on temporary staffing agencies to staff temporary personnel needed to prepare for a document-heavy trials.  Smart businesses know the importance… Read More »


Home Insurance Regulations in Florida

By Larry E. Bray |

Home insurance or hazard insurance is inextricably linked to the legalities of a real estate purchase.  The function of home insurance is to provide the lender with peace of mind in the event of property experiences damage or some other kind of loss. In addition to property damages or loss, home insurance also protects… Read More »

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