Category Archives: Wills
Disputes Over Wills Signed by People Suffering from Dementia: A Heartbreaking but Preventable Problem
It is good news that people are living longer than ever before; even if they had children late in life, they get to see their grandchildren grow up. It is also good news that seniors of this generation feel that they are never too old to find new love, so late in life marriages… Read More »
Is Your Will Out of Date?
As every retiree knows, some things get better with age. Your dad jokes are even funnier now that they are grandpa jokes, and now that collecting vinyl records is back in style, there is no telling which of your other old hobbies will soon get the appreciation that they deserve. Of course, two of… Read More »
How to Avoid Family Feuds: Appraise Your Clutter
There are two popular clichés about personal possessions as part of estates, and they both miss something important. The first is that, if you don’t specify in your will which personal items will go to which family member, they will fight bitterly over your possessions. By this logic, two sisters will never speak to… Read More »
If You Suspect That a Will Is Forged, Don’t Wait to Voice Your Suspicions
Some of the most famous inheritance disputes from the tabloid press and from works of fiction involve the estate of a wealthy man who had been married more than once, and the conflict is between the wife to whom he was married at the end of his life and her stepchildren, the decedent’s children… Read More »
The Dangers of DIY Wills
The prospect of creating a will can be off putting, as no one likes to think about their own death—let alone spend money planning for it. It can be tempting to use one of the many DIY will services available online. However, in many cases, these one-size-fits-all fill-in-the-blank wills cause far more cost and… Read More »
What Happens to Your Estate if You Die Without a Will in Florida?
Think only the rich or people with children need wills? To protect your loved ones if something happens to you, it is profoundly important to have at least a basic, formal will that dictates how you want your estate to be distributed upon your death. This ensures that your property and assets are disseminated… Read More »
When Can a Will Be Contested?
You’ve heard the stories before. A son who is the only child to a doting mother who promised to leave everything to him when she died. However, after she passed away, the son discovered that his mother had recently had her will redone and left everything to her housekeeper. Is the son simply left… Read More »
What is the Deadline for Contesting a Will in Florida?
According to surveys completed by AARP, an astounding 60 percent or so of adults in the United States don’t have an estate plan or will in place. While most of us know that we need to have a will, we have a tendency to have the mindset of “I can do it later.” Waiting… Read More »
Problems with Having a Simple Will in Florida
Many people are tempted to create a simple will by using forms to do the will themselves. Maybe they’ve seen such forms advertised on television or on the internet. But are they a good idea? Definitely not. The intent is good. A person tries creating a will so that their property goes first to… Read More »
What is Undue Influence and How Does It Affect a Will?
A will lets people determine what happens to their property when they pass away, but sadly, some people intentionally confuse or intimidate a vulnerable person to alter their will or create documents that they wouldn’t necessarily create on their own. This is known under Florida law as undue influence. Often times, family members of… Read More »