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What Powers Does a Personal Representative Have in a West Palm Beach Probate?

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

If you have been named as the personal representative for a West Palm Beach estate that will be probated in Florida, it’s important to learn what your responsibilities will be before you agree to take on the position. Some people are afraid to ask questions, because they think they should already know everything. This… Read More »

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How Does Out of State Probate Work in Florida?

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Probate can be a complicated process, especially if you are trying to handle it from another state. It’s not uncommon that people have assets located in different states, or that the executor (personal representative) lives elsewhere. The last thing you need on top of your loved one passing away is the pressure of trying… Read More »

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What Do You Do if You Suspect a West Palm Beach Will was Forged?

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

When someone attempts to submit a will for probate that has been forged, it can result in serious legal trouble. If there is a purposeful intent to submit a will that contains improper information or was forged, it’s known as probate fraud. When a loved one passes away and the will is read, it’s… Read More »

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4 Important Items to Include in a Final Accounting for a Florida Probate

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Being a personal representative of someone’s Florida estate is a huge responsibility. You cannot take your duties lightly or you could open yourself up to personal liability and financial risk. And, even if you do everything right during the course of the estate administration, you cannot close the estate until the final accounting is… Read More »

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4 Common Mistakes Executors (Personal Representatives) Make with a Florida Probate

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

First off, Florida doesn’t use the term “executor.” Rather, an executor is referred to as a “personal representative.” Secondly, Florida law requires anyone possessing an original will to file it with the court within 10 days following the date of death. Being appointed as a personal representative in someone’s will is a huge responsibility…. Read More »

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What Happens If You Die Without a Will in Florida?

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Dying without a last will and testament is known as dying “intestate.” What property is inherited by your family members will be dictated by applicable intestate laws and what type of property you had at the time of death. If you don’t want to leave things to chance, it’s best to have at least… Read More »

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What is the Process of Contesting a Will, a Deed or a Trust in Florida?

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Each year, Florida courts process a large number of probate claims — over 122,000 cases to be more specific. There are also a myriad of trusts and deeds signed. The bulk of these matters include documents that provide the court with some guidelines on how the deceased individual wanted their property and assets to… Read More »

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Florida Probate: Not as Awful as People Tell You

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Probate certainly has a bad reputation with people who have heard that the process is difficult or of instances where family members are fighting over assets and/or challenging the will. While family battles certainly exist, it’s not a factor in every probate. Many probates run smoothly, especially with the right personal representative running things…. Read More »

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What is Summary Probate in Florida?

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

People are often surprised when they find out the potential costs and time involved in a probate administration. Because this is obviously an extremely emotional time for the decedent’s family, the courts have established an alternative method for those who have small estates. If it qualifies, the estate can pass through what’s known as… Read More »

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Common Disputes in Florida Probate Matters

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

There’s a common misconception that disputes over estates during probate are limited to the wealthy and those with big asset portfolios. The truth is, many families have disputes, even when there is little to no wealth involved. Disputes can arise over a prior will saying something different, who is taking the family pet, what… Read More »

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