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What Happens If Someone Dies Without a Beneficiary?

A well-detailed estate plan helps provide specific instructions regarding how to settle a decedent's final affairs or distribute assets to beneficiaries. However, when a person dies intestate – without a will or estate plan – their assets will be distributed in accordance with the state's intestate succession laws. An experienced Florida estate planning attorney can help you understand what happens if someone dies without a beneficiary or estate plan and guide you through the probate process.

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How to Avoid Probate in Florida

As an estate planning attorney serving clients in Boca Raton, Florida, I often get asked, “Are there ways to avoid probate?” There are many reasons why you want to make plans during your lifetime to avoid the probate process.

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The Role & Responsibilities of a Special Needs Trustee

Parents have a responsibility to cater to the needs of their children, regardless of the child’s physical or mental condition. If you have a child with special needs, you can protect their financial future and leave assets behind for them through a special needs trust.

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Estate Planning & Taxation

Estate planning is a complex process encompassing real estate, property, taxes, and many other elements.

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Creating a Business Succession Plan

As a business owner, having a succession plan is crucial to ensure the continued operation of your company, especially when you're no more.

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The Importance of Asset Protection Planning

Asset protection should be part of any long-term estate planning, especially if you’ve accumulated assets besides your home, which is largely protected under Florida law.

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My Parent Remarried. Will Their New Spouse Inherit Everything?

Your divorced or widowed parent decides to remarry, and as his or her child, you start wondering if the new spouse will end up inheriting everything, leaving you out in the cold. Is this a logical fear?

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Do I Need To Probate My Deceased Spouse’s Estate?

If your spouse dies with or without a will in Florida, is probate necessary? If the decedent held assets solely in his or her name with no named beneficiary or right of survivorship, the answer is yes.

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The Probate Process in Florida

Florida’s probate courts are busy places. In the first six months of 2020 alone, individuals filed nearly 30,000 probate cases statewide and more than 27,000 were disposed of. For most adult residents of the state, those with wills and those without, probate court is where their lives’ business is completed.

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Estate Planning for Young Adults

When a person reaches 18 years of age, they legally become an adult and can start making medical, financial, and other major life decisions for themselves. As life gets busier and major life milestones are reached, proper estate planning can help young adults and their families prepare for difficult, emotional, and unexpected life scenarios.

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