While families often put estate planning matters off, the death of a loved one is almost never timely and it often catches family members unprepared. One sister had a 51-year-old brother who had access to the resources needed to put a plan into place. However, she was to learn that such preparations never took place only after her brother died in a motor-vehicle accident. Instead, the family had to make a number of complicated decisions that could have been unnecessary had plans been put into place.
Most readers in Miami-Dade are aware that creating a will or estate plan can help ensure that their final wishes are carried out. Often, married couples will choose to create a joint will and estate plan. In the event that one of them dies before the other, however, this can lead to probate problems down the road if the surviving spouse changes the terms of their will to disinherit heirs or to include new beneficiaries.
Readers in Miami-Dade, and throughout the nation, are likely aware that when someone dies, part of the estate administration process is the distribution of assets as outlined in their estate plan. Probate issues can arise if it is discovered that assets or property have been taken by someone outside the legal disbursement process.