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Probate: When is it necessary?

Residents of Tampa and other areas of Florida may want to learn more about what situations make probate necessary. Laws vary from state to state, but Florida has a streamlined process for estates under $75,000. Estate planning is easier with a knowledge of the...

Probate and TOD accounts

The long waits and expenses associated with probate court often motivate Florida residents to seek methods for sidestepping the whole process. A transfer-on-death account presents one of those options for brokerage accounts holding stocks, bonds, and mutual fund...

Should you disclose joint assets?

The death of a family member or other loved one can be emotionally charged. In addition, Florida probate administration can be a complicated endeavor. There are situations in which a family member or other loved one might obtain full ownership to assets jointly owned...

How a will helps you in the long run

Estate planning is crucial if you want to ensure that your wishes are carried out in regard to your property when you pass on. At the heart of an estate plan for many people in Florida is the drafting of a last will and testament. There are a number of ways in which a...

What are non-probate assets?

Non-probate assets are properties that bypass the probate process in Florida, which includes retirement accounts like IRAs and 401(k)s. Life insurance proceeds are also non-probate assets. All properties that are held in a living trust and funds in a payable-on-death...

What slows down the probate process?

While the probate process in Florida often goes smoothly, certain situations can cause delays. Not having an estate plan or having an unclear estate plan can cause conflict between family members. Even if the person has prepared a will, it could be contested. In some...

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