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Probating a Foreign Will in Florida

By Larry E. Bray |

When a will is written, the assumption is that the property contemplated in the will is simply transferred to the beneficiary without any other formalities required. First, the will must go through a probate court depending on where the decedent resided upon his or her death. The executor of the will must petition a… Read More »


Due Diligence Considerations When Buying a Business

By Larry E. Bray |

Due Diligence Reviews   Conducting a thorough due diligence review when entering into a business purchase transaction is imperative. Due diligence activities include investigations into the business’ financial statements, debts and assets, intellectual property, etc. There is no one due diligence activity that is more important than another. The key is to perform all… Read More »


Florida Quiet Title Actions

By Larry E. Bray |

When you purchase a property, you expect to own it in full and without anyone else making a claim on it. Unfortunately, many situations are complicated or less clear cut. You may obtain a property only to find out the chain of title is not clear and accurate. Or, you may purchase a property… Read More »


What Determines a Valid Will?

By Larry E. Bray |

Individuals who do not want to become deceased “intestate” (the property of persons who die intestate may go through state administered probate proceedings) must leave a last will and testament. Every state has requirements that dictate when a will is properly executed. These requirements are usually very strict. Failing to meet one or more… Read More »


The Function of Trusts in Your Estate Planning

By Larry E. Bray |

When it comes to estate planning, asset protection is a chief concern among individuals. They want to ensure that they secured to facilitate an accurate and efficient distribution upon death. Additionally, individuals engaged in financial and estate planning seek to find ways to pool their assets into one reserve. This provides for efficient passage… Read More »


What You Need to Know About Short Sales

By Larry E. Bray |

Economic downturn or loss of employment can cause homebuyers to default on their home mortgages. Eventually, if regular payments are not made, the bank or lender will commence a foreclosure action on the home. Individuals and families facing foreclosure should not feel helpless. They still have an option to pay off the loan.  A… Read More »


A Paternity Dispute During Probate

By Larry E. Bray |

There are times when a man passes away that another adult or minor comes forward and claims to be that man’s child. This person, known as a putative child, may have the right to prove their paternity during the probate process. If they are the man’s biological child, then they may have the right… Read More »


Florida Probate Beneficiaries’ Rights

By Larry E. Bray |

When your spouse, parent, sibling, or child passes away, you are most likely a beneficiary of their estate. You may be named in their will, or if they passed away without a will, then you may inherit under Florida’s intestate laws. As a beneficiary during probate, you have certain rights, including: Notice of Probate:… Read More »


Attorney-Client Privilege May Be Defeated in Probate Litigation

By Larry E. Bray |

Attorney-client privilege is a hallmark of the legal profession. It enables clients to feel completely comfortable with their attorneys. Clients can (and should) tell their lawyers the truth without fear that their attorney will tell anyone else. However, attorney-client privilege is not absolute. There are times when a lawyer may reveal information their client… Read More »


Florida Law Protects Disinherited Spouses

By Larry E. Bray |

Through your will, you may try to explicitly disinherit your spouse. This is something you may choose to do if your marriage has broken down, yet you and your spouse have chosen to remain legally married for a variety of reasons. It is also something you can attempt to do while you and your… Read More »

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