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Possible Defenses in Your West Palm Beach Real Estate Foreclosure

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

In the last decade, millions of people across the country have lost their homes. With the current state of the economy, likely, many more will also find themselves struggling to pay their mortgages. Years ago, real estate foreclosures tended to favor banks and lenders, but there have been significant changes in that recently. Homeowners… Read More »

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Most Important Estate Documents You Need in Florida

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

When you are starting your estate plan, it can seem overwhelming. Don’t let that fear keep you from protecting your assets and determining how you want them distributed upon your death. When you understand what documents you need, it can make the process much easier. Also, hiring a West Palm Beach estate planning attorney… Read More »

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Proving Undue Influence in Florida Estate Planning Matters

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Unfortunately, some people look for others who appear vulnerable and easily misled to defraud them. Typically, targets are the elderly and people who are quite ill. These acts of fraud can fall under both elder abuse and estate planning matters. When someone uses “undue influence” on an elderly person, the end result is usually… Read More »

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Advantages of a Florida Trust Over a Will

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Many people opt to use a trust over a will as the central part of their estate planning. Both trusts and wills have their own purpose and can serve an important role in your Florida estate plan. If you are trying to decide whether a trust or a will is best for your individual… Read More »

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Florida Estate Planning During a Global Pandemic

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

The current situation with COVID-19 has left many Florida residents realizing that it’s more important than ever to ensure they have an estate plan in place. However, how do you go about estate planning in the current climate? No matter whether there’s a global health crisis or not, it’s crucial to get an estate… Read More »

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What is a Pour-Over Will and Does My Florida Estate Need One?

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Pour-over wills are not the same thing as a standard last will and testament. They are used to transfer assets into a trust upon your death. A pour-over will must be adequately prepared for it to work as intended. If you want to know more about setting up a trust and a pour-over will,… Read More »

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Preparing for Your Initial Meeting with a West Palm Beach Probate Attorney

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Preparing for your initial meeting with a West Palm Beach probate attorney is important. This is a challenging time for everyone involved. As the personal representative, there is added pressure to deal with the decedent’s will and make sure the probate administration runs smoothly. Hiring a West Palm Beach probate attorney is an important… Read More »

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Why You Should Hire a Florida Real Estate Attorney When You Purchase a Home

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Unlike some states, Florida does not legally require you to hire an attorney for the real estate closing process. Some real estate agents may try to dissuade you from hiring a real estate attorney for your closing, but there are plenty of reasons to consider retaining one anyway. A West Palm Beach real estate… Read More »

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Can the Personal Representative Sell the Decedent’s House During Probate in Florida?

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Being appointed personal representative of a Florida estate is a serious position and comes with a lot of responsibility. You will have numerous duties to carry out in order to properly administrate someone’s estate in probate. You may be faced with a variety of unexpected scenarios that you are unsure how to handle, including… Read More »

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What to Know about Contesting a Will in Florida

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Each month, hundreds, if not thousands, of new probate cases are opened all across Florida. Most of these cases involve someone who passed away with a last will and testament. The remainder are handled as intestate cases, following the Florida laws of succession. Probate is to make sure the testator’s wishes are followed. However,… Read More »

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