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4 Basic Steps of Probate in Florida

Here at the Law Office of Laurie E. Ohall, we frequently meet with first-time Personal Representatives (executors) who are overwhelmed by probate in Florida and the duties that go along with it. If you are not familiar with the process, the legal and financial task you now face can seem scary.  There is a lot to do, but we find it helpful to explain
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Hillsborough County Probate Attorney Offers 6 Tips to Avoid a Will Contest

When you create a will, you should be able to rest easy knowing that your wishes will be honored and followed when you pass away. However, if someone in your life is unhappy with what your will says, it is possible that it could be contested in court.  As a Hillsborough County probate attorney, I see this more often than I like.  In situations
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Simplifying Probate in Hillsborough County

If you have recently lost a loved one, please accept my condolences. If you’ve landed here on this article because you will soon be facing probate in Hillsborough County, I hope that the following information removes a bit of the stress you are likely experiencing during this challenging time. What is probate in Florida? Probate is the term used to describe the court-ordered process
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Whom Should I Choose to be Personal Representative of My Estate?

This month, I am focusing on the topic of Probates and why we want to avoid them.  Click here to read about last week’s article –What is Probate and Why Do I Want to Avoid It.  This week, I would like to discuss reasons why you want to do a probate and who you should choose to be the Personal Representative or Executor of your estate. 
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What is Probate and Why do I Want to Avoid It?

Many times, clients come into my office stating that they need to have Last Will and Testaments done and at the same time, they tell me they want to avoid probate of their estate after they die.  These clients are usually very adamant that they do not want the government to get their assets, they do not want their families to pay attorney’s fees,
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What is the Florida Elective Share Law?

What is the Florida Elective Share Law?  In the past, husbands were the financial providers for the family while women stayed home to care for the house and the children.  If a husband passed away having executed a will that disinherited his spouse, the surviving spouse and children could be left destitute.  To address potential concerns relating to the impoverishment of a disinherited surviving
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How Do I Leave My House to My Kids and Avoid Probate?

At least once a month, I take a phone call from someone wanting to know if they should put their child (or other family member) on the deed to their home.  Usually, it is because they want to make sure the house does not go through probate.  Click here to read about what probate is and click here to read about how to avoid probate. 
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Enhanced Life Estate Deed

The enhanced life estate deed allows you to reserve a life estate in your property, and you give the remainder interest to a beneficiary (could be your children or any adult person) but they do not receive the interest until you die. This is not a “typical” life estate deed, however, because the deed has language that states you are retaining the right to
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Do-It-Yourself Legal Forms: I Can’t Afford a Lawyer

I hear it pretty regularly – “I can’t afford a lawyer” so I’m just going to do this myself.  After all, it’s just a form, right?  Well, maybe. I understand that going to an estate planning or elder law attorney can be expensive.  Depending on what you need, if you are single or married, if you have children or they are grown, the fees
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Avoiding Probate – How Do You Do It?

Wondered about avoiding probate?  One of the easiest ways to avoid probate (which is a court proceeding that takes six months to a year, and must happen in order to transfer assets to loved ones if a person dies owning assets solely in their name) is to have beneficiary designations.  For instance, when you purchase a life insurance policy, you list a beneficiary on
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