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In This Day & Age, Are Original Documents Even Necessary?

We are in the technological age. Many of us don’t ever think about keeping physical copies of documents that we have in electronic form. For example, do you have a physical photograph of last Christmas with the family? I know I don’t. I have a digital image on my phone (more like my husband’s phone,

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Do I Need to Open a Probate Estate?

When your loved-one dies, you have a million things to do and it may not even dawn on you to ask the question, “Do I need to open a Probate Estate?” That is, until you go to close a bank account, sell a car, or sell a home. The reality is this: unless your loved

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What You Need to Know about “Probate”

I was amazed today when some I know who has been working in an attorney’s office asked me, “If I have a Will, then my estate doesn’t have to be probated, right?” I guess because I work in this area, I am surprised by how much misinformation people have about probate and Wills in general.

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What Do I Do After My Spouse or Parent Has Passed?

Recently, at the Charlotte County Wellness Fair, I was asked the question: Is there a list anywhere of the things I should do or must do after my spouse has passed? (Of course, this would also be a question that would apply if your parent has passed and you are named as the personal representative.)

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Outline of Florida Will Requirements to Open a Florida Probate Estate

I often get asked, “Is my out-of-state Will good in Florida.” Sorry to be lawyer-like, but the answer is “It depends.” In Florida, a Will has to be (1) signed by the testator; (2) in the presence of two witnesses over the age of 18 who also sign the Will; and (3) all three signatures

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