Wills, Probate

Trusts, Estate Planning

140 South Beach Street, Suite 310
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 257-3332

Personal Representative

This was by far the the best legal experience I have ever had. Heidi was both professional and personable. She remained in contact with me through the entire process. I highly recommend her services and I will definitely use her again.

~ Mary D

Heidi and staff are friendly, welcoming and caring as well as professional, knowledgeable and efficient.

~ Paula B

What happens in Florida if I die without an Estate Plan?

die without an estate plan

 

Quick answer, State law will dictate how your assets are distributed.   Assets that fall under the purview of the Probate Court without direct beneficiary designations will need to be probated and they will be distributed pursuant to the laws of intestacy.  This means that Florida law dictates who will inherit your probated assets without any other factual consideration and no concern for what your wishes may have been. This scenario can be particularly devastating when the people named under Florida law are not the people you want inheriting your estate.

Think of your Estate Plan as your instruction manual for the probate court —if you don’t have one, then Florida Statute becomes the instruction manual for your probate assets.

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