Where should I store my Last Will and Testament (and other important documents)?

Long 21st Century Estate Planning, Wills

Nearly 5 years ago, I wrote an article about what to do when you can’t find the Will of the decedent. Recently, Lifehacker revived the Wall Street Journal‘s handy article reminding us that we all ought to revisit where and how we store important documents for easy access and peace of mind. I’ve never been a big advocate for storing …

No Will? Surviving spouse inheritance rights revised effective October 1st, 2011

Long Florida Probate News

Who should care? If there is no Will, then surviving spouses or children of the decedent. What is the effect of the revised statute? Florida Statute 732.102: 732.102 – Spouse’s share of intestate estate. —The intestate share of the surviving spouse is: If there is no surviving descendant of the decedent, the entire intestate estate. If the decedent is survived …

Letters of Administration Revisited

Long Florida Probate Questions

MUST READ: Letters of Administration (LOA’s) are court orders. They are issued as PART of a FORMAL ADMINISTRATION of the estate (Probate) The court clerk will not simply give you an LOA. The only way to receive LOA’s is to start formal administration. The court will issue the LOA’s after a completely probate pleadings/petitions package is submitted by your attorney. …