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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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How to Disinherit Your Adult Child

By Larry E. Bray |

It is a difficult decision to come to, yet it may be right to disinherit a loved one, leaving them no money or property in your will. Disinheriting someone is an extreme measure, but it may be necessary if your child or grandchild abuses drugs and may use the resources to continue their addiction…. Read More »

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Automatic Transfers of Property to Avoid Probate

By Larry E. Bray |

In a previous post, we discussed the best ways for Florida residents to transfer real estate quickly upon their death and avoid probate. We know you own much more than real estate, and you may wish to transfer numerous other assets outside of probate as well. Here are methods of avoiding probate for your… Read More »

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Avoid Probate of Real Estate

By Larry E. Bray |

If you wish to leave real estate to one or more of your beneficiaries, whether the real estate is your family home, land, vacation homes, or income properties, then you should speak with an experienced Florida probate attorney to learn more about various deeds that allow property to transfer quickly from you to another… Read More »

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When to Update Your Estate Plans

By Larry E. Bray |

Estate planning is not something that should wait until you are 60 years old. Instead, as soon as you are married or have established your career, you must start planning for the future and what your family will be left to deal with. Once you have a plan in place, such as a will,… Read More »

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Common Residential Real Estate Mistakes

By Larry E. Bray |

When you own a home in Florida or are looking to buy for the first time, it is good to research not only the best steps to homeownership, but also the mistakes to avoid. In addition to your own research, the best chance you have of a successful transaction is to work with an… Read More »

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Minimizing the Risk of an Inheritance Dispute

By Larry E. Bray |

As you plan for how your assets will be handled after you pass away, you need to consider your family. Part of the purpose and benefit of having an estate plan is that you protect your spouse, children, and other beneficiaries. You are trying to save them time and energy by having a plan… Read More »

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