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Creating A Living Trust In Florida

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Many people in Florida use wills to pass down their estates upon their passing. However, there are alternatives, chief among them living trusts (also called revocable trusts). Depending on the specific situation you are in, and the assets you have, a trust may be a better choice in terms of safeguarding your possessions, given… Read More »

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What Is A Will Contest?

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When someone passes away, the normal course of events would require that their will be submitted to probate, and then processed so that the beneficiaries may receive their inheritances, if any. However, not every will is a true expression of the testator’s (the maker’s) wishes, and if you fear that your relative may have… Read More »

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Avoiding Intestate Distribution of Assets

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When you lose a loved one, it is not uncommon to want to retain some belonging of theirs as a memento of the person, or to be granted an asset like an automobile or bank account in their will. However, if the deceased person’s will is not in order, you may not get to… Read More »

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Wills and Trusts: Advantages and Disadvantages

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Florida is a state where approximately 20 percent of the population is over the age of 65, which is higher than average. As a person ages, they generally begin to put their affairs in order, starting with estate planning. However, there are multiple estate planning tools at a person’s disposal, depending on family situation… Read More »

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Undue Influence In Florida Probate

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

No one likes to think of irregularities in probate when the focus should be on mourning a lost loved one. However, if your loved one’s will is not as it should be, or not as you were told, you have a right to explore what might have occurred. While it is rarely cut and… Read More »

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Providing Notice To Creditors For Probate

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When someone passes away, processing their estate can be a confusing undertaking, especially if the estate must go through probate. One of the major steps in the probate process is dealing with the deceased person’s obligations, and Florida law sets out a specific procedure for doing this, beginning with publishing a Notice to Creditors…. Read More »

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The Problem With Holographic Wills

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When a person decides to write their own will, usually in their own handwriting, it is referred to as a holographic will. Sometimes, this is the best option for them, especially if they have few assets and few heirs. However, even if a holographic will might be a good option for someone, it is… Read More »

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Probate and Stepfamilies

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Many people find happy lives in blended families. However, because blended families can gel so well, many forget that unless expressly provided for, stepchildren and others considered full family members do not actually inherit under Florida law. If you want to ensure that your stepchildren or other blended family members inherit after your passing,… Read More »

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The Role of a Personal Representative In Probate Proceedings

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When a person passes away, and they leave a will behind, there is a specific process that the state wants their heirs to follow in terms of liquidating the estate. With very rare exceptions, every person passes away with at least some assets to their name – items such as automobiles, land, and smaller… Read More »

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Why Do I Need A Probate Attorney?

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

If you have had a recent death among your loved ones, you may be feeling overwhelmed with not only saying goodbye, but also with all the legal ramifications surrounding the disposal of their property, especially if they did not leave a will or other estate plan. In Florida, the large majority of estates go… Read More »

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