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Estate Administration & Probate Archives

What happens to my debt after I die?

Perhaps you have a great deal of credit card debt or you are still making regular mortgage payments. In your later years, you may also have accrued significant medical debt. You know that you will not be able to repay all of your debt before you die. Like other Florida residents in the same position, you may be worried about whether your children will be required to pay off the debt you accrued during your lifetime.

Tom Petty's heirs file lawsuits over estate

Some Florida fans of the late musician Tom Petty may have heard that his family is in a dispute over his estate. In Petty's will, he created an LLC, Petty Unlimited. He also set up a trust and made his widow the directing trustee. She was supposed to fund the LLC with assets from the trust. She and Petty's two daughters were then supposed to each get one-third of the assets.

Right and wrong ways to avoid probate

We at the Law Offices of Frye & Vazquez understand why it is desirable to avoid probate if possible. The probate process in Florida can be complicated, expensive and much more public than most families would prefer. There are a number of available options to help you and your heirs avoid probate, but some are more efficient than others. 

What will my stepparent inherit if my parent dies?

One of the most confusing and potentially contentious topics when it comes to estate planning is where the assets go if one or both parents die without a will. This can be especially complex if a parent has remarried. You and other Florida residents with blended families may be interested in learning what can happen if a parent dies, leaving behind a surviving stepparent.

Beneficiary designations are an important part of estate planning

Estate planning is often not as simple as just writing a will. Assets like retirement accounts, annuities and life insurance pass to heirs through a beneficiary designation. Here are some things Florida residents may need to know about beneficiary designations.

Locating assets when a loved one dies

It can sometimes be problematic for people in Florida to locate all the assets of an estate after a family member or loved one passes. Often, the decedent will have several different accounts and property held in different states or by different means of ownership. There are a few steps that can be taken to locate the decedent's assets.

Florida Estate Executors Must Pay Taxes Due on Gross Estate

Estate executors are required to file and pay any taxes due on an estate within nine months of the death of the estate owner. If more time is needed, a six-month extension can be obtained by filing the proper forms. The taxes are exacted on the gross estate, which includes any and all property owned by the decedent at the time of his or her death. In addition to real estate, bank accounts and stock, this also includes any real property owned outside of the United States and any interests in property.

What are the duties of an estate administrator?

If you have recently lost a close friend or loved one, you may have been named the administrator of the estate. Although you may be going through an array of different emotions at losing a loved one, estate administrators are responsible for tying up the estate’s loose ends and ensuring the property included in the last will and testament is property distributed to the heirs to which they were intended. There are many responsibilities associated with becoming an estate administrator. It is critical that you are aware of these tasks so that you can perform your duties to the best of your ability.

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