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What If There Is No Will?

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If a loved one died intestate, or without a valid will, his or her property will be distributed by Florida intestate laws. Your loved one may have passed away without a valid will because he or she did not write a will, or because the existing will was found to be invalid by the courts. Even if your loved one passed on without a will, his or her estate will still need to go through probate. If your loved one died intestate, we can assist you with the entire probate process from selecting a personal representative to distributing the property.

Florida Intestate Laws

One of the main beneficiaries under Florida law is the surviving spouse. A surviving spouse is entitled to the entire intestate estate if there are no surviving descendants of the decedent. Additionally, if all of the surviving descendants are lineal descendants of both the surviving spouse and the decedent, the surviving spouse is entitled to the entire intestate estate. The surviving spouse is entitled to half of the intestate estate if either spouse has descendants who are not lineal descendants of both spouses. Other beneficiaries under the law include parents, siblings and other relatives of the decedent.

How can The Dorcey Law Firm, PLC help?

The Dorcey Law Firm, PLC is prepared to assist you with all of your probate matters. We understand that each case is different, and we take the time to truly understand the family members, assets and other factors involved in the case. Our firm represents surviving spouses, children, creditors and others who may have rights to the estate. Additionally, we can assist you in the appointment of a personal representative by negotiating with direct family of the decedent for their approval through signed waivers. Even though there is no will, the estate will need to be properly probated, and our firm can assist you with the entire process.

The Benefits of Enlisting a Fort Myers Probate Attorney

Our firm has assisted more 2,400 clients, and we have the experience needed to effectively help you with your probate matters. We have extensive knowledge and understanding of Florida intestate laws and can review your unique situation. After evaluating your specific goals and desires for your case, we can provide you with excellent counsel.

We know that you may be entitled to a portion of your late loved one's property, and we can help you obtain your assets. Contact The Dorcey Law Firm, PLC for more information about the benefits of obtaining the legal services of a Fort Myers probate lawyer. If you would like to learn more about your individual case, complete a free case evaluation from our firm today!

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The Dorcey Law Firm, PLC - Fort Myers Attorney
Located at 10181 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy, Suite C, Fort Myers, FL 33966
Phone: (239) 330-6674
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