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Mistakes personal representatives should avoid during probate

Serving as the personal representative of an estate is a major responsibility. And despite the fact that it often involves complex legal and financial elements, the people who often serve as a personal representative are not people with legal or financial backgrounds. Instead, they are often loved ones who were close to the decedent and understood his or her wishes.

4 key phrases you'll likely hear during probate proceedings

After a loved one passes away, the probate process begins. This can be a highly complicated and emotionally-wrought experience, especially when people are still coping with grief and loss, so it is important to have a basic understanding of what to expect.

Who pays off debts when a person passes away?

If you are like millions of other Americans, you have some debt. You might have credit card debts, student loans to repay or a mortgage and car to pay off. If you have these and other debts when you pass away, they won't just disappear, so it is important to know what happens to debt after a person's death.

2 possible options for probate administration in Florida

After a person passes away, his or her estate will generally go through probate. This is the process of legally passing the person's assets on to others and resolving the various financial elements. The probate process can be confusing and overwhelming, particularly when people are also struggling with grief and loss.

4 parties that delay probate proceedings in Florida

Probate is often an upsetting process, especially for people who are reeling from the death of a loved one and struggling to cope with the loss. However, probate proceedings can go smoothly when there is a clear, comprehensive will and everyone does what they should do.

Lengthy probate proceedings make it difficult to get closure

Probate is undoubtedly a difficult process to navigate, especially for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Between the waiting and the arguing over what should happen to a person's property, family and friends often feel angry, frustrated and powerless. 

Virtual currency can create very real problems for heirs

In a previous post on this blog, we discussed the importance of making a will accessible so that the process of administering an estate can be easier and faster. In that post, which can be read in full here, we note that lack of accessibility is one of the major obstacles to administering an estate in accordance with a person's wishes.

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