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Misconceptions About The Florida Probate Process

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Probate is a complex process, generally requiring the help of an experienced attorney. However, too many people go into the system with misunderstandings and false information on board, which can lead to bad decisions. If you have lost a loved one, you have an obligation to try and ensure that their wishes are respected… Read More »

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Can A Lost Or Destroyed Will Be Admitted To Probate?

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

While not everyone, a large majority of people have a will or trust when they pass away. However, sometimes those documents are lost or destroyed – not everyone handles their estate planning documents in the way they should, or a potentially malicious relative can take it upon themselves to dispose of such a document…. Read More »

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Undue Influence In Florida Wills

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When a loved one passes away, the last thing that most people want to contend with is the possibility that something might not have been right during their last days. Sometimes, when a deceased person’s will is read at probate, the bequests are so startlingly out of character that it is impossible not to… Read More »

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Florida Probate 101

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Dealing with the probate process is not something that the average person thinks about until they have a loved one pass away. However, the learning curve can be very steep if you are thrust into a position where you need to navigate probate on your own. Consulting an experienced probate attorney is important, but… Read More »

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Debts In Florida Probate

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Probate is a process that can go smoothly, or it can descend into innumerable complex disputes. Nowhere is this more evident than in trying to pay off the debts incurred by the deceased person. Paying off the decedent’s debts must be done before anything can be disbursed to the beneficiaries, so it is critical… Read More »

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Frequently Asked Questions About Florida Probate

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When a loved one has passed away, the last thing you want to do is deal with paperwork and state requirements. However, if they pass away with assets that need to go through probate, there is a time limit on starting that process. Probate can be quite confusing for a layperson, and in many… Read More »

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Florida Probate & Safety Deposit Boxes

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Sometimes, a person will pass away suddenly, or in an unanticipated manner, and when this happens, they may or may not leave a will behind. Alternatively, they may leave a will, but certain assets specified in it may be unaccounted for. When either of these occurs, the existence of a safety deposit box can… 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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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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