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Tag Archives: Creating a will

Can an Illegitimate Child Inherit From My Estate?

By Gary Carnal |

Although Florida law establishes an order of inheritance for “intestate” estates—the legal term when someone dies without a will—that does not mean you should avoid estate planning altogether. Indeed, dying without leaving a last will and testament can lead to some complicated legal questions for your family and the courts. A will allows you… Read More »

What Does It Mean to Die Without a Will in Florida?

By Gary Carnal |

Many Florida residents choose not to make a last will and testament. So what happens when a person dies without a will? Florida state law steps in to fill the void through a process known as “intestate succession.” How Intestate Succession Provides for Spouses & Children Florida’s intestate succession law specifies how to distribute… Read More »

Your Most Recent Will May Not Be Your “Last” Will

By Gary Carnal |

A last will and testament is an estate planning document specifying who you wish to receive your property upon your death. If you die intestate—that is, without leaving a will—your property will pass to your next-of-kin in accordance with Florida law. Your property may also pass intestate if your will is found invalid by… Read More »

Should I Use a Will or a Trust for My Estate Planning?

By Gary Carnal |

One of the most basic estate planning decisions you need to make is whether to rely on a will or a trust as the principal means of disposing of your assets. Every person’s financial and family situation is different, so there is not a single correct approach. Indeed, while people sometimes speak of the… Read More »

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