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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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800-938-5401

Connie  Roper Lawyer

Connie Roper

VERIFIED
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
Status:  In Good Standing           

Michael D. Weinstock

Family Law, Banking & Finance, Wills & Probate, Corporate, Antitrust
Status:  In Good Standing           

Michael R. Gates

Family Law, Wills & Probate, Bad Faith Insurance, Construction, Constitutional Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Michael R. Leininger

Family Law, Pharmaceutical Product, Banking & Finance, Wills & Probate, Construction
Status:  In Good Standing           

Daniel C. Perri

Estate, Wills & Probate, Trusts, Tax
Status:  In Good Standing           

Tracy Strom

Bankruptcy, Credit & Debt, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           

Martin W Lester

Immigration, Criminal, Real Estate, Trusts, Wills & Probate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  14 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

FAILURE OF ISSUE

A situation in which a person dies without children who could have inherited her property.

STATUTORY SHARE

The portion of a deceased person's estate that a spouse is entitled to claim under state law. The statutory share is usually one-third or one-half of the deceas... (more...)
The portion of a deceased person's estate that a spouse is entitled to claim under state law. The statutory share is usually one-third or one-half of the deceased spouse's property, but in some states the exact amount of the spouse's share depends on whether or not the couple has young children and, in a few states, on how long the couple was married. In most states, if the deceased spouse left a will, the surviving spouse must choose either what the will provides or the statutory share. Sometimes the statutory share is known by its more arcane legal name, dower and curtesy, or as a forced or elective share.

CURATOR

See conservator.

LIFE BENEFICIARY

A person who receives benefits, under a trust or by will, for his or her lifetime. For an example, see AB trust.

ENTITY

An organization, institution or being that has its own existence for legal or tax purposes. An entity is often an organization with an existence separate from i... (more...)
An organization, institution or being that has its own existence for legal or tax purposes. An entity is often an organization with an existence separate from its individual members--for example, a corporation, partnership, trust, estate or government agency. The entity is treated like a person; it can function legally, be sued, and make decisions through agents.

ANCILLARY PROBATE

A probate proceeding conducted in a different state from the one the deceased person resided in at the time of death. Usually, ancillary probate proceedings are... (more...)
A probate proceeding conducted in a different state from the one the deceased person resided in at the time of death. Usually, ancillary probate proceedings are necessary if the deceased person owned real estate in another state.

FAMILY ALLOWANCE

A certain amount of a deceased person's money to which immediate family members are entitled at the beginning of the probate process. The allowance is meant to ... (more...)
A certain amount of a deceased person's money to which immediate family members are entitled at the beginning of the probate process. The allowance is meant to help support the surviving spouse and children during the time it takes to probate the estate. The amount is determined by state law and varies greatly from state to state.

ABSTRACT OF TRUST

A condensed version of a living trust document, which leaves out details of what is in the trust and the identity of the beneficiaries. You can show an abstract... (more...)
A condensed version of a living trust document, which leaves out details of what is in the trust and the identity of the beneficiaries. You can show an abstract of trust to a financial organization or other institution to prove that you have established a valid living trust, without revealing specifics that you want to keep private. In some states, this document is called a 'certification of trust.'

ABATEMENT

A reduction. After a death, abatement occurs if the deceased person didn't leave enough property to fulfill all the bequests made in the will and meet other exp... (more...)
A reduction. After a death, abatement occurs if the deceased person didn't leave enough property to fulfill all the bequests made in the will and meet other expenses. Gifts left in the will are cut back in order to pay taxes, satisfy debts or take care of other gifts that are given priority under law or by the will itself.

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. ...