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4 ways to ensure probate goes smoothly

After you die, the probate courts determine how to divide your estate. The process is extensive, which can delay the distribution of your assets to your beneficiaries or increase emotional turmoil amongst the family. Luckily, there are several things you can do to...

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Probate and exempt property

If your loved one recently passed away, you could have several questions and concerns related to the probate process. It is crucial to familiarize yourself with key terms, such as exempt property. During probate, courts oversee the distribution of the assets that...

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Do all assets go through probate?

Probate allows the court to oversee the distribution of your assets and ensure the legality of the process. It allows your relatives to protect your assets as well if there are concerns about someone influencing your estate plan. For most people, probate is not a long...

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Understanding the probate process

When someone dies and leaves a will, probate is the legal process for transferring asset ownership and settling the estate. Depending on the size and complexity of the estate, the probate process can take months or even years. Although a judge oversees the process,...

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Understanding ancillary probate

You may never have heard of ancillary probate and have no idea what it means. However, if you are the administrator of an estate of a person who owned property in Florida, ancillary probate is a topic you may have to deal with. Therefore, you should understand what it...

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How to make a contested probate easier

Probate is a process that, depending on your circumstances, can go by without pain. Communication that is clear and making an estate plan that is concise before death may have everything attended to before you know it. With life events like the passing of a loved one,...

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Is probate a bad thing?

There are many opinions about the probate process. The one thing that is a fact is that it is the legal process by which the state of Florida carries out your last wishes and legally administers your estate. Beyond that, everything you hear is mainly just individual's...

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