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Avoiding Probate

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

When you pass away, your property generally passes either to the beneficiaries you have named in your will, or under Florida’s intestacy rules, if there is no will. The process of distributing a deceased person’s estate is called probate and it can be time-consuming and costly. There are ways to avoid the probate process… Read More »

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Probating a Copy of a Lost Will

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The Washington Post reports that the Spanish city of La Coruna is trying to track down the person who lost a lottery ticket worth $6.3 million. Anyone attempting to claim the money will need to satisfy authorities that he or she is the true owner of the lost ticket, which might not be an… Read More »

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The Appointment of a Personal Representative

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

In Florida, the person appointed by the court to administer a decedent’s estate is known as a personal representative. You nominate a personal representative in your will. In some states the person nominated is referred to as an executor (female: executrix), but this term is no longer used in Florida. You should nominate a… Read More »

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Can I Disinherit My Child?

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Television producer and personality Simon Cowell has reportedly stated that he intends to leave his fortune to charity rather than to his son. People choose to disinherit their children for a variety of reasons, and if you wish to do so you should prepare a will. Make a will By preparing a will, you… Read More »

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Probating the Estate of a Missing Person

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In order to probate the estate of a decedent, you need to provide the probate court with evidence that the person is dead. In most cases you do this by providing the court with a copy of the death certificate. However, sometimes people disappear and cannot be traced. The National Crime Information Centre (NCIC)… Read More »

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