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Friday, April 12, 2013

Think you Don’t Have a Will? Think Again.

If you’re a resident of Florida and you die intestate (without a Will) or if your Will is deemed ‘invalid,’ the Florida Legislature has written one for you.

Under Florida Statutes ss.732.101 & 732.102, if you are married your spouse will inherit according to the following rules:

* If you have no lineal descendants, your spouse inherits 100% of your estate;

* If you have lineal descendants, all of whom are also your spouse’s lineal descendants, and your spouse has no other descendants, your spouse receives 100% of your estate;

* If you have lineal descendants, one or more of whom are not lineal descendants of your spouse, your estate is split 50-50 between your spouse and your descendants;

* If you have lineal descendants, all of whom are also your spouse’s lineal descendants, but your spouse has one or more descendants who are not your lineal descendants (children from a previous marriage, perhaps), your estate is split 50-50 between your spouse and your descendants.

 

Getting Legal Help

At White and Crouch we understand what your estate plan should and should not include to protect your assets and your loved ones. We can help you make a thorough plan to give you peace of mind. Contact us today at (352) 372-1011.




From our office in Gainesville, the estate planning firm of White & Crouch, P.A. advises and represents clients in communities throughout Alachua County, Marion County, Levy County, Putnam County, Clay County, Bradford County, Union County and Gilchrist County in North Central Florida. Call us at 352-372-1011 or contact the firm by email to arrange an initial consultation with us today.



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