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What exactly is a Will?
As with most of the legal instruments that may be used as part of a well thought out estate plan, you should consider whether
you would benefit from having a Florida will and how a Florida will prepared by a knowledgeable estate planning attorney
may help you achieve your goals.
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Florida law provides for the disposition of assets of those persons that pass away without having a will, or in legal terms,
intestate. Contrary to what some believe, if a person dies without a will, the State does not automatically get everything.
"No one can confidently say that
he will still be living tomorrow."
Do You Need a Florida Will?
A will is a legal instrument in which typically a person expresses who they want to receive their personal property and/or their
real property when they pass away.
1. The will must be in writing. Oral wills, legally referred
to as nuncupative wills, are not valid in Florida.
2. The will must be signed by the person making the
will, that is, the testator, at the end of the will.
As with most of the legal instruments that may be used as part
of a well thought out estate plan, you should consider whether
you would benefit from having a Florida will and how a
Florida will prepared by a knowledgeable estate planning
attorney may help you achieve your goals.
If you live in Florida and you are thinking about having a
Florida will prepared you should consider consulting with a
knowledgeable and experienced estate planning attorney to
discuss the legal options available to you based on your
If you are in the Central Florida area, call us. We will gladly
be of service to you.
There is no requirement that a Florida will be typewritten. However, even a handwritten will must typically comply with the
requirements described above. Handwritten wills that are not also signed by the required witnesses, legally referred to as
holographic wills, are not recognized in Florida.
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Of course there are also rules as to the division of assets for persons that are not married. However, there are many reasons
why a person may prefer a different distribution of their assets. Additionally, there are many reasons why a person may want to
time some of the distributions and the timing of those distributions may need to vary depending on the intended beneficiary.
Florida Will Requirements
In Florida, a person must be either 18 years of age or older, or an emancipated minor, and be of sound mind in order to make
a valid will. In addition to the age and sound mind requirements, there are essentially four additional requirements that must be
complied with in order to make a Florida will that is valid. They are as follows:
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3. The testator must sign the will in the presence of at
least two witnesses.
4. The witnesses must sign the will in the presence of
the testator and in the presence of each other.
Typically, if a married person dies intestate and has no surviving
descendants, the entire estate goes to the spouse. However, if a
married person dies intestate and the person has children from
another relationship or the surviving spouse has children from
another relationship, half of the estate goes to the spouse. And
typically, in those situations, the other half of the estate goes to the
descendants of the person who passed away. But married
couples represent less than half of American households.