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Appointing a Florida Personal Representative

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Under Florida law, a personal representative is responsible for administering someone’s estate after they pass away. Personal representatives have a fiduciary duty to act in good faith, in the best interest of the decedent’s beneficiaries. Personal representatives also have a responsibility to be honest, and follow the terms of the decedent’s will, if they… Read More »

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Overview of Probate in West Palm Beach, Florida

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

When a loved one dies, their estate will likely need to go through Florida probate. Probate is a court-supervised process that allows for proper identification and gathering of the deceased’s assets, paying off debts, and finally distributing remaining assets to beneficiaries and entitled heirs. Probate can be a tricky process, which is why you… Read More »

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5 Fast Facts About Florida Probate

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

So what exactly is probate? It’s a term describing the processing and distributing of someone’s assets after they’ve passed away. This process is generally supervised by a circuit court judge, and involves identifying all of the decedent’s assets, using them to pay probate fees, funeral expenses, and debts, and distributing the remainder to the… Read More »

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Challenging a Florida Will, Trust or Bank Account Beneficiary Due to Undue Influence

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

The premise of estate planning is to ensure that someone’s wishes are carried out after they pass away. However, that is not necessarily what happens every time. In some cases, the deceased was subject to someone’s improper pressure to alter their will. Known as undue influence, this is one of the most common ways… Read More »

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What Happens if Someone Dies Without a Will in West Palm Beach?

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

You may be wondering how the process works for dividing property in Florida when someone dies without a valid will. The term is called “intestate,” and probate will differ in this case versus someone with a will. However, dying without a will won’t automatically mean Florida state will end up receiving the assets. Assets… Read More »

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How to Prepare for Your Initial Consultation with a West Palm Beach Probate Attorney

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Being prepared for your initial consultation with a West Palm Beach probate attorney is essential. It is a challenging and emotional time for all parties involved. The executor, or personal representative, has the added pressure to deal with the decedent’s will and ensure the probate administration runs smoothly. Retaining a West Palm Beach probate… Read More »

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Can You Contest a Florida Will if You Believe It’s Fraudulent?

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

Losing a loved one can be more frustrating when there are disputes and disagreements about their final wishes. Conflicts during probate administration are not uncommon, but the bitter legal disputes can take a toll on relationships and require years to resolve. However, if an interested party has a genuine belief that the will is… Read More »

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What Can a Personal Representative Do in a Boca Raton Probate?

By Larry E. Bray, P.A. |

If you are named someone’s personal representative for a Boca Raton estate, you need to understand your potential duties before agreeing to take on the role. Given this is a position that most people don’t have experience with, asking the right questions can clear up any concerns you have. Having a better understanding of… 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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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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