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Okaloosa County, FL Wills & Probate Lawyers


Includes: Estate Administration, Living Wills, Wills

Byron E. Cotton Lawyer

Byron E. Cotton

VERIFIED
Criminal, Estate, Real Estate, Wills & Probate

The law firm of Cotton & Gates, Attorneys at Law, has provided high-quality service and representation to people in Okaloosa County and Northwest Flor... (more)

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Ryan M Mynard Lawyer

Ryan M Mynard

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Estate, Wills & Probate, Wills, Business Organization, Real Estate
Our office provides services to clients throughout Northwest Florida.

The law office of Ryan M. Mynard, Attorney at Law, P.A. provides legal services to clients throughout Northwest Florida. We can assist you with your l... (more)

Connie  Roper Lawyer

Connie Roper

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Divorce, Wills & Probate, Child Support, Adoption, Paternity
This is a Firm Committed to Making the Client Feel Comfortable, Welcome, and as Relaxed As Possible.

The Roper Law Firm, P.A., based in Crestview, Florida, strives to make sure a client’s best interests are served. Divorce can be stressful and confu... (more)

Parker Bentley Smith

Family Law, Medical Malpractice, Wills & Probate, Transportation & Shipping, Construction
Status:  In Good Standing           

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J. Mark Fisher

Wills & Probate, Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning
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Michael D. Weinstock

Family Law, Banking & Finance, Wills & Probate, Corporate, Antitrust
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Michael R. Gates

Family Law, Wills & Probate, Bad Faith Insurance, Construction, Constitutional Law
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Michael R. Leininger

Family Law, Pharmaceutical Product, Banking & Finance, Wills & Probate, Construction
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Daniel C. Perri

Estate, Wills & Probate, Trusts, Tax
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Tracy Strom

Bankruptcy, Credit & Debt, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate
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LEGAL TERMS

AB TRUST

A trust that allows couples to reduce or avoid estate taxes. Each spouse puts his or her property in an AB trust. When the first spouse dies, his or her half of... (more...)
A trust that allows couples to reduce or avoid estate taxes. Each spouse puts his or her property in an AB trust. When the first spouse dies, his or her half of the property goes to the beneficiaries named in the trust -- commonly, the grown children of the couple -- with the crucial condition that the surviving spouse has the right to use the property for life and is entitled to any income it generates. The surviving spouse may even be allowed to spend principal in certain circumstances. When the surviving spouse dies, the property passes to the trust beneficiaries. It is not considered part of the second spouse's estate for estate tax purposes. Using this kind of trust keeps the second spouse's taxable estate half the size it would be if the property were left directly to the spouse. This type of trust is also known as a bypass or credit shelter trust.

BEQUEATH

A legal term sometimes used in wills that means 'leave' -- for example, 'I bequeath my garden tools to my brother-in-law, Buster Jenkins.'

HEIR APPARENT

One who expects to be receive property from the estate of a family member, as long as she outlives that person.

WARRANTY DEED

A seldom-used type of deed that contains express assurances about the legal validity of the title being transferred.

SECONDARY MEANING

In trademark law, a mark that is not inherently distinctive becomes protected after developing a 'secondary meaning': great public recognition through long use ... (more...)
In trademark law, a mark that is not inherently distinctive becomes protected after developing a 'secondary meaning': great public recognition through long use and exposure in the marketplace. For example, though first names are not generally considered inherently distinctive, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream has become so well known that it is now entitled to maximum trademark protection.

SURROGATE COURT

See probate court.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

All property other than land and buildings attached to land. Cars, bank accounts, wages, securities, a small business, furniture, insurance policies, jewelry, p... (more...)
All property other than land and buildings attached to land. Cars, bank accounts, wages, securities, a small business, furniture, insurance policies, jewelry, patents, pets and season baseball tickets are all examples of personal property. Personal property may also be called personal effects, movable property, goods and chattel, and personalty. Compare real estate.

DEED OF TRUST

See trust deed.

INTESTATE

The condition of dying without a valid will. The probate court appoints an administrator to distribute the deceased person's property according to state law.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

IN RE AMEND. TO THE FLORIDA PROBATE RULES

After considering the Committee's proposals and reviewing the relevant legislation, we adopt all the Committee's proposals except the proposed amendment to subdivision (b) of rule 5.260. Consistent with statutory changes made by chapter 2010-132, section 3, Laws of ...

McCormick v. McCormick

... We have for review an order admitting to probate the Last Will and Testament of decedent Ferral Lee McCormick, Sr., but denying letters of administration to appellant Ferral Lee McCormick, Jr., whom the testate decedent had duly nominated as personal representative. ...

In re Guardianship of Shell

... VILLANTI, Judge. Lutheran Services Florida, Inc., the guardian of Bertha Shell, appeals from the probate court's order denying its objections to an earlier order that awarded Lutheran Services guardian's fees in an amount less than it requested. ...