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Category Archives: Wills

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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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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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When A Will Is Challenged

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

For better or worse, it is not uncommon to have a last will and testament challenged in Florida courts. The criteria for a will to be valid in Florida are straightforward, but strict, and it does happen that a beneficiary will file to challenge the document, whether in good faith or bad. If you… Read More »

How To Avoid A Will Contest

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When someone passes on, and they leave a will, sometimes the contents may not match up with heirs’ expectations. In some instances, this can lead to heirs attempting to overturn or ‘contest’ the will, alleging that it should be invalid for one reason or another. While these contests do not win very often, sometimes… Read More »

Florida’s Law of Succession

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When someone passes away, whether or not they have a will in place, Florida’s law of succession will apply. The state’s probate regulations stipulate that essentially, there is never a time when a person’s property does not have an owner – in other words, when a person dies, their property immediately devolves onto their… Read More »

Probate and Holographic Wills

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

While most people visit an attorney to have a will drawn up, there are some who prefer to execute it themselves. This is referred to as a holographic will. Proponents think it allows a person to exercise more control over their bequests. Regardless, the truth is that many holographic wills are held to be… Read More »

Property in Probate & Intestacy

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When you lose a loved one, your life immediately changes. You suddenly have a thousand things to do, chief among them disposing of property and ensuring that all their bequests are honored. Submitting their estate to probate is one of the things that needs doing fastest, and yet can take the most time. Most… Read More »

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