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Could a charity dispute arise because of the charity itself?

When Florida residents choose to leave funds or assets to charities in their estate plans, their loved ones, if surprised by the decedents' decisions, may decide to take legal action. While many see a charity dispute as the result of greed on the part of a decedent's family members, this is not always the case. In fact, sometimes family members simply want to ensure the funds their loved one left go to a good cause.

At the end of 2014, the Tampa Bay Times and a nonprofit research group compiled a list of the country's worst charities. Inclusion on the list was determined based on the percentage of the money raised that the charity used to solicit more donations. None of the charities on the list used more than 12 percent of their donations as direct cash aid to the charities' intended recipients.

Sadly, one of the charities listed is based in Bradenton, Florida. Its percentage of direct cash aid is 0 percent, according to the report. When family members find a loved one has left funds to a charity that they suspect is less than charitable, they may dispute their loved one's decision.

A charity dispute can be a complicated legal task, and the outcome of such a dispute is dependent upon a number of factors. If family members find themselves in a situation in which they do not dispute their loved one's decision to leave money to a charity, but, instead, they dispute the charity that was chosen, they likely face a complex legal battle. Those who find themselves considering filing such disputes in Florida courts may find the assistance of experienced attorneys beneficial.

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