If you're like a lot of people across the nation, you probably have an idea of where you'd like portions of your estate to go and who you'd like to receive them when you pass away. Laid out in your will, these post-death directions should cover everything in your estate including assets, real estate property and personal property as well. Your directions should be clear and include detail when applicable. That's because failing to do this can lead to litigation after you die.
Called probate, this form of litigation can get contentious and challenging for those involved. That's because probate involves the proving of a will -- from its validity to the deceased's intentions. Many people who think they have a well-drafted will might be shocked to learn that even the smallest mistake can turn into a huge dispute later on, which is why speaking to a lawyer is so important when drafting a will.
Let's face it, most people have never just sat around and read the Florida Probate Code. Skilled probate and estate administration attorneys, such as those here at Frese Hansen, have though. That's because they understand the importance of making a will as ironclad as possible and want to make sure that you understand this importance as well.
Our attorneys also understand though that disputes can occur even with the most well thought out wills. In some cases, family members may disagree with how the deceased distributed their estate and may try to argue that the will is not valid. In other cases, a dispute can arise simply because an item listed in the will cannot be found, prompting accusations and speculations among family members.
Whatever the spark, our lawyers are equipped to handle any legal situation and are willing to help families work through even the most contentious of disputes. Our lawyers can also help families avoid the ugliness of probate by looking over an estate plan ahead of time, making the necessary changes that could make all the difference in the end.