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April 2014 Archives

Rosa Parks' probate assets tied-up in probate litigation

As most Floridians may know, Rosa Parks was a figure of stature during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Her defiant stand against segregation in public transportation helped spark the beginning of the end of the Jim Crow Era. Unfortunately, her legacy is now partially in the hands of a probate judge as her heirs are in litigation over the distribution of some of her effects.

Third-party guardianship does not always work out as planned

Florida residents may think of guardianship issues as generally affecting minor children whose parents have died or cannot care for them for some other reason. However, guardianships can also be an issue for adults who have become incapacitated in some way. This may mean adults with a disability or older people who are physically or mentally unable to care for themselves.

Florida case highlights need for precision in estate plan

Many Floridians are likely aware of the need for an estate plan. The use of various documents to dispose of property and protect both assets and oneself in the case of incapacity has been written about voluminously. Further, many resources have cropped up, especially on the internet, ostensibly allowing people to create their own legally valid estate plan documents.

Florida relatives should know estate legal document locations

The death of a loved one is usually a tumultuous time. There are seemingly hundreds of things that need to be taken care of, from funeral arrangements to notification of other family members. Perhaps the last thing on one's mind is the handling of the decedent's estate. Unfortunately, these documents may well be necessary for the next steps in achieving closure.