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Category Archives: Probate


Why Can Florida Probate Take So Long?

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When a loved one passes away, it is very understandable to not want to focus on the legalities surrounding their estate. However, in order to ensure that their debts are paid and their assets are passed onto their chosen beneficiaries, probate will usually be necessary for at least some of their assets. Probate can… Read More »


Creditors and Florida Probate

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When a friend or family member passes away, depending on your relationship with them, you may be named as the personal representative (PR) of their estate. This means that you are responsible for submitting the deceased person’s will to probate, and completing the relevant paperwork to ensure that the person’s heirs receive the bequests… Read More »


How To Avoid Florida Probate

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Probate is the process by which a will is verified as valid, after which the assets in the will can be given to the beneficiaries specified in the document itself. Sometimes this process is necessary and cannot be avoided. However, sometimes the way one plans their estate may enable them to avoid Florida probate,… Read More »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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