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How Do I Contest A Will In Florida?

By Mark R. Manceri, P.A. |

There may be nothing in life more painful than losing a loved one. However, for many, when it comes time to hear their loved one’s last will and testament and it does not align with what they knew their loved one’s wishes to be, it can feel like adding salt to a very deep… Read More »

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Testamentary Capacity In Florida Estate Planning

By Mark R. Manceri, P.A. |

Making a will, trust, or any other estate plan documents requires the person to be of sound mind. Determining how assets will be distributed after death is a decision that many people take seriously, so it’s important that estate planning documents be prepared only when the testator (the person signing the will) is mentally… Read More »

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Understanding Undue Influence

By Mark R. Manceri, P.A. |

The elderly are unfortunately very vulnerable to undue influence. Undue influence occurs when the will of an elderly individual is overpowered by the influence of another person, who usually has power or control over them, in order to get them to change their will or another testamentary document for the benefit of the influencer…. Read More »

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Irrevocable Vs. Revocable Trusts

By Mark R. Manceri, P.A. |

Trusts are an incredibly effective legal tool in your estate planning toolbox. There are a number of kinds of trusts and understanding the benefits and drawbacks can help you determine what kind of trust best meets the needs of you and your family. These trusts fall into the categories of revocable and irrevocable. All… Read More »

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How Trusts Can Help You Avoid Probate

By Mark R. Manceri, P.A. |

Probate is a period during which an individual’s estate is settled and distributed after their death. Probate can be a rather long process, which can take several months or even over a year in some cases. During probate, possible beneficiaries also have the opportunity to challenge the validity of the will. The more challenges… Read More »

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Understanding Probate In Florida

By Mark R. Manceri, P.A. |

If you have started thinking about estate planning, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are many aspects to estate planning, and the ones that are important for you to focus on depend on your specific situation. It can be hard to figure out where to invest your effort or even where to… Read More »

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Does A Judge Have To Give Reasons For Their Ruling In Probate Litigation?

By Mark R. Manceri, P.A. |

When people typically think of litigation, they think of a jury trial. But in practice, most probate litigation does not involve a jury at all. Indeed, if we are talking about something like a will contest, there is no right to a jury trial in the first place. These disputes are heard and disposed… Read More »

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Is “House Fraud” A Major Problem In The Florida Probate System?

By Mark R. Manceri, P.A. |

Having an estate plan is always a good idea, but it is especially important if you own your home or other real property. While intestate succession law determines who inherits your property in the absence of a will, you need to consider the possibility that someone might try to take advantage of the situation… Read More »

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What Happens When A Trustee Needs To Recover Property Wrongfully Taken From A Florida Trust?

By Mark R. Manceri, P.A. |

One function of the personal representative of a probate estate or a trustee for a trust is taking legal action to recover property that was wrongfully taken from either. A trustee, for example, has a fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries of the trust to ensure that trust assets have not been misappropriated. This may… Read More »

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Has COVID-19 Led More People To Make Wills?

By Mark R. Manceri, P.A. |

The COVID-19 pandemic has led many people to reassess various aspects of their lives. This includes estate planning. According to one recent survey, people who have suffered from a serious case of COVID are far now more likely to have a written will and other estate planning documents. This survey came from Caring.com, a… Read More »

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