Handling Debt Claims During Probate: What You Need to Know

Probate is the process of executing someone’s will and distributing their assets to beneficiaries. During probate, creditors make claims against the estate for payments they’re owed. As a personal representative, you oversee notifying creditors, evaluating claims, and paying off debts with the estate funds. Here’s what you need to know about handling debt claims during […]

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When Do You Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

If you’re engaged, a prenuptial agreement may be something you consider creating with your new spouse. Also called prenuptial agreements, couples sign these contracts before their wedding day. They detail how they’d like to make decisions about certain aspects of their marriage. While most people believe premarital agreements are about how to divide property if

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When Do You Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

If you’re engaged, a prenuptial agreement may be something you consider creating with your new spouse. Also called prenuptial agreements, couples sign these contracts before their wedding day. They detail how they’d like to make decisions about certain aspects of their marriage. While most people believe premarital agreements are about how to divide property if

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What Is Marital Property and Why It Matters in a Divorce

Dividing property and possessions during divorce proceedings can be complicated and stressful. In Florida, the courts follow equitable distribution to divide assets fairly between spouses, as described in Chapter 61.075 of the Florida Statutes. The goal of equitable distribution is to ensure that each spouse receives a fair share of marital property, not just half

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Advanced Directives: Your Questions—Answered

What happens when you’re in a medical situation where you cannot make decisions for yourself? Does your family know your desires if you’re put on life support? Do you wish to decline life-saving measures in an emergency? Advanced directives are legal documents that answer these questions for your medical team, caregivers, and family members when

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Will I get 50/50 Custody of My Children?

Joint custody arrangements are the most common type of custody agreement. In a joint custody arrangement, both parents split time with their children after a divorce is finalized. During divorce proceedings, Parents develop a time-sharing schedule that details when children will visit each parent, accounting for special circumstances like holidays and school breaks. Here are

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Summary vs Formal Probate Administration: Requirements and Qualifications

Handling the estate of a loved one who’s passed away can be an emotional and all-consuming process. It can also be lengthy and complicated, which is why probate attorneys like Kathy D. Sheive are here to help you through the process. If you’re the personal representative of someone’s estate, understanding probate options ensures the process

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