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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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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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Who Should I Name as the Executor of My Estate?

One of the biggest reasons people do not do their estate planning is because they do not want to think about how life will go on after they are gone. Okay. I understand the hesitation. After all, who really wants to think about their mortality? But, if you do not plan for how things will be administered after you are gone, are you alright with
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Florida Homestead Law: Your Florida homestead is your castle – or is it?

Florida Homestead Law Many of my ideas for blog posts come from the phone calls and emails I receive from potential clients about legal questions they have concerning their estate planning, Florida Homestead Law, Medicaid issues for their parents, probate concerns, etc.  This month, I received three phone calls from three different clients for whom I had done estate planning in the past who have
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Top 5 Reasons to Avoid Probate

Almost every time I meet with a client, they tell me that they are interested in avoiding probate.  Many times, the client is unsure of what a probate actually is.  Probate is a Court proceeding which occurs when someone dies having property (real estate, bank accounts, etc.) titled solely in their name.  It generally takes anywhere from 6 months to a year, and requires
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Is Your Estate Plan “Unwritten”– Yes, you, Ms. or Mr. Eighteen year old.

As Natasha Bedingfield wrote, “The pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned.”  You might ask yourself, as an eighteen year old or young college student, why do I need to plan anything?  All you have to do is look at the case of Terri Schiavo (and if you don’t know who that is, google her name) to know that it doesn’t matter what age you
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