Florida Wills: Requirements and Commonly Asked Questions
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Often simply referred to as a will, a last will and testament is a legal document that controls how your property will be disposed of after you die. Like all other states, Florida has its own laws ...

Often simply referred to as a will, a last will and testament is a legal document that controls how your property will be disposed of after you die. Like all other states, Florida has its own laws that govern how Florida residents can make a will. In this presentation we will learn about wills and its requirements in the state of Florida.

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    Florida Wills: Requirements and Commonly Asked Questions Florida Wills: Requirements and Commonly Asked Questions Presentation Transcript

    • FLORIDA WILLSRequirements andCommonly Asked Questions
    • What is a last willand testament?
    • Like all other states, Floridahas its own laws that governhow Florida residents canmake a will.
    • Wills are essential for every adult tomake because they are the only legaldocument that allows you to makespecific types of decisions.
    • However, if you live in another state one ofthe two following types of wills may beallowed.While some states accept other types ofwills, you cannot make anything but anattested will in Florida.
    • Handwritten WillsA will in which you express your wishesverbally in front of witnesses.A will you make entirely inyour own handwriting.
    • Age. The testator must be atleast 18 years old in Florida.Sound Mind. This means you haveto know the kinds of property youown and understand how thechoices you make in your will affectthat property.
    • Executor.After you die, a Florida probate court will have todetermine if your will is valid. Through your will you canappoint someone who represents your interests duringthis process. This person is called an executor, or anestate administrator.
    • Guardian.You can also select a guardian if you have minorchildren. While your child’s other parent will stillhave parenting rights should you die, a court willhave to appoint a guardian should both of youdie.
    • Every competent adult in Florida hasthe . However, manypeople
    • It is especially important to create a will ifyou have minor children. If both of yourchild’s parents should die, a court will haveto appoint a guardian.
    • Your Spouse.All spouses are entitled to receive at least aportion of your estate even if you forget tomention the spouse in your will.
    • 1. Codicil. A codicil is a writtendocument you add to your will thatchanges some of its terms. Codicilsmust meet the same requirementsas a will in Florida.
    • 2. Rewritten Will. If you want to makemajor changes its best to completelyrewrite your will. You have the right tochange your will at any time, and you donot have to ask anyone’s permission to doso. All you have to do is make sure the willmeets all Florida legal requirements.
    • Too many people fail to make a will becausethey do not like thinking about it, they believethey will have time to do it later, or for anynumber of reasons.
    • CREATE YOUR WILL AS SOON ASYOU CAN SO YOU CAN HAVEPEACE OF MIND KNOWING THATIT IS THERE WHEN IT’S NEEDED.