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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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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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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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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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