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Category Archives: Probate Administration


Handling Special Assets in a Florida Estate

By Suncoast Civil Law |

A personal representative of a last will and testament has the weighty duty of endeavoring to do their best to ensure that the testator’s last wishes are honored and brought to fruition. This duty is amplified, of course, by the living beneficiaries who are depending on the personal representative to complete their task so… Read More »


Do You Have to Follow Your Own Rules? Amending Florida Trusts

By Suncoast Civil Law |

We live in a day and age where the vast majority of people have a great many options available to them when it comes to constructing an estate plan. One popular estate planning tool that many choose to utilize is a revocable trust. Florida law recognizes that the settlor (can be thought of as… Read More »


Undue Influence in Florida Estate Planning

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Many individuals carefully plan and construct a thorough estate plan that dictates how their assets and estate will be handled and distributed after their death. Unfortunately, these same individuals can become vulnerable to bad-actors who take advantage of an ill or aged person in order to manipulate a benefit to themselves into the last… Read More »


Marital Contracts Can Affect Your Estate Long-Term: What You Need to Know Before You Sign

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Most people under most circumstances are perfectly free and able to make and execute an estate plan that perfectly reflects their wishes. However, when one is drafting their last will and testament, they need to keep in mind that the terms of a last will and testament do not act to supersede outside contractual… Read More »


Types of Florida Probate litigation Involving Heirs

By Suncoast Civil Law |

You likely know that the term “probate” refers to the process of inventorying and distributing a person’s assets to the right parties after the person’s death. The court that oversees this process – the probate court – very often also processes probate litigation cases. Probate litigation can occur for a number of reasons. Likely… Read More »


Can You Collect Child Support from a Deceased Parent’s Estate in Florida?

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Every parent who has worked through the process of a divorce knows that even if a romantic relationship comes to an end; you never stop being a parent. The state of Florida has developed the law to help ensure that children of divorce receive the support they need from their parents. Accordingly, parents in… Read More »


What to Expect: General Florida Probate Timeline

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Uncertainty in life is unavoidable. No matter how carefully we plan and what contingencies are in place, there are only so many things any of us can control. While estate planning and probate matters can cause stirrings of anxiety in anyone, what really eats at people seems to be the unknown. The court and… Read More »


Timelines in Initiating Probate in Florida

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Many become familiar with Florida’s probate process by matter of necessity. So often friends and family members who are otherwise inexperienced in complex legal matters suddenly find themselves thrust into limelight and have the ability, and obligation, to bring a loved one’s estate through probate. The probate process generally requires verifying the validity of… Read More »


Who Can Act as an Executor of an Estate in Probate?

By Suncoast Civil Law |

Anyone who has lost a dear friend or family member, particularly in the great state of Florida, has likely heard the term “probate.” While many people, even those unfamiliar with legal processes, have heard of probate or have some experience within that process, many are still unclear on important details surrounding the necessary procedure… Read More »


What Is Undue Influence In Florida Probate Law?

By Suncoast Civil Law |

The very last thing anyone wants to do immediately after experiencing the death of a loved one is to jump into court and endure a heated legal battle over your loved one’s estate. Unfortunately, it is an all-too common reality for many in Florida. This can be particularly true, and particularly heartbreaking to live… Read More »