Short answer, you can, but it will not be enforceable in Florida.
No-contest clauses have been used in Wills for centuries and are used to keep beneficiaries from fighting over an estate. In layman’s terms, this language states that if a beneficiary contests the document’s validity and loses, that beneficiary receives nothing.
Even if your Estate Plan was drafted in another state and included this language, a no-contest clause is unenforceable in Florida. While Florida courts won’t enforce a no-contest clause in a Will or trust, there may be other ways to minimize – although not eliminate – the possibility of litigation. Therefore, I recommend discussing this issue with your Estate Planning Attorney on your specific situation to draft up a plan to meet your individual needs.
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