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Woman tries to have relatives killed over husband's estate plan

In the field of estate and will planning, we sometimes see cases in which the heirs or the surviving spouse become embroiled in a battle over the family estate. Not all family members are close, and at times the disputes over the estate administration can become quite heated. This is why laws exist in Florida to protect a family's assets in the event of a will contest.

What to expect when probate administration falls to you

Being named the executor of a loved one's estate is a hefty responsibility that shouldn't be taken lightly. If you're responsible for the estate administration of your family member or close friend, there are a few steps you'll need to take in order to fulfill your loved one's final wishes, and to make sure the fair distribution of assets goes as planned. Florida estate planning laws are made to benefit heirs as much as possible, but they can be complicated and will sometimes need court help to sort out.

Probate judge denies missing man's inheritance to ex-girlfriend

In most cases, properly executed estate planning goes smoothly. The court's main duties would be to interpret the will, designate an estate administrator if needed, and ensure the fair distribution of assets to the heirs as outlined in the estate plan. Sometimes, however, surviving family members will have disagreements regarding the will. In that case, a probate judge will have the additional responsibility of making decisions to settle the dispute.

Florida court overturns millionaire's adoption of girlfriend

Estate planning is a good way to be sure your loved ones are taken care of, and that your wishes are fulfilled after your death. Setting aside some of your assets into a well-executed trust can further ensure the beneficiaries will receive what you wish for them to have, without being abused or misused. Sadly, many people will attempt to abuse trusts in order to get their hands on money that wasn't meant for them, or to use it in a manner that was not written into the trust's terms.

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