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What Are the Most Common Reasons for a Florida Probate Lawsuit?

I’m Reed Bloodworth, the managing partner of Bloodworth Law with offices in Orlando, Florida and Winter Haven, Florida.

We are located in Central Florida, but our team travels across the state to handle probate lawsuits and disputes.

What are the most common reasons for a Florida probate lawsuit? And what makes people decide to file a probate suit or pursue legal actions in probate disputes?

There are many causes for arguments to become emotional and litigious among siblings, spouses, ex-spouses, stepfamilies, relatives, beneficiaries over a will.

It often is based in a belief that there was something illegal or improper taking place. Or, that someone is left out of an estate. This may occur at any point in the process when a will was executed, or after the death of a loved one. These types of arguments include items such as:

  • Powers of Attorney;
  • Homes, land, and property;
  • Insurance proceeds;
  • Creation of a new Will;
  • Investments;
  • Transfer of property before a death;
  • Post-divorce will revocation;
  • Disputes with a personal representative;
  • Guardianship issues;
  • Creditor claims;
  • Pay on death designation on accounts;
  • Fraud;
  • Marital settlement agreements;
  • Illness, Dementia or Alzheimer’s issues;
  • Validity or execution a will; and  
  • Distribution, management, sale, transfer and accounting of estate property.

The arguments that can occur before and after a death may start with questions and end with yelling and accusations. Emotions can cause things get out of hand, so before that happens or whenever you question a situation, hire an attorney to help resolve the differences.

Again, I’m Florida attorney Reed Bloodworth, managing partner of Bloodworth Law. Give me a call. Let’s talk about how we can help you or your family.

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