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As Florida Baby Boomers continue to age, there will inevitably be an increase in the amount of deaths in the United States, especially in Florida, where many baby boomers reside. When a loved one dies, regardless of whether or not they have a will, the estate must go through a process called “probate,” with the … Read more

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Types of Trusts in Florida

Posted on January 23, 2014 by Boyer Law Firm, P.L.

A trust is an arrangement in which one person (the trustee) manages and holds the title to property, which can be both personal property and real property, to another (the settlor or with) in favor of a third party (the beneficiary). There are many types of trusts in Florida. A testamentary trust is a trust … Read more

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Your estate consists of all of the assets that belong to you; these estate assets may have a positive balance and add to the value to your estate, or they may have a negative balance amount and diminish the value of your estate. Given that there are no loans or other negative balances, the following … Read more

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Probate is a process for settling the deceased’s estate; it includes assessing assets, paying off debts, and distributing the remaining assets to the decedent’s beneficiaries. If the decedent’s estate went through foreign probate in another country and the decedent had property or other assets in Florida, then the estate must also go through the probate … Read more

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A Florida revocable living trust is a trust created and operated during the grantor’s (person creating the trust) lifetime. By naming yourself as both the grantor and trustee, you can keep full control over all of the property and assets held in the trust during your lifetime. Most people who create living trusts choose this … Read more

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Celebrity Wills

Posted on May 15, 2013 by Boyer Law Firm, P.L.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis “I have made no provisions in this Will for my sister, Lee B. Radziwill, for whom I have great affection because I have already done so during my lifetime.” Michael Jackson “Except as otherwise provided in this Will or in the Trust referred to in Article III hereof, I have intentionally omitted … Read more

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Here are some Florida will facts you may not know… The Florida Supreme Court has a program in which lawyers are board-certified as specialists in the area of wills, trusts, and estate law. A person age 18 or older is of legal age to make a will. Florida law presumes a person to be of … Read more

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How Can I Contest a Will?

Posted on March 29, 2013 by Boyer Law Firm, P.L.

Challenging a will is not an easy thing because the court views a will as the last wishes and voice of the decedent. Anyone who may have something to gain from the estate has a right to contest a will, but they must have the grounds to do so. A person may challenge a will … Read more

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Weird Wills Part 2

Posted on March 22, 2013 by Boyer Law Firm, P.L.

Celebrity Fever Audrey Jean Knauer, who died in 1997, left $300,000 to her favorite celebrity, Charles Bronson, whom she had never met in person. Her family contested the legality of the will, but in the end, Bronson ended up taking $150,000 from the stranger he had never met before, claiming that he planned to donate … Read more

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Weird Wills Part 1

Posted on March 13, 2013 by Boyer Law Firm, P.L.

A Last Will and Testament is not only a list of the deceased’s assets to be distributed. It is also intended to fulfill the last wishes of the decedent, and some people have had some pretty weird wishes when they die: Millar Charles Vance Millar was a Canadian lawyer and investor who died in 1926. … Read more

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