An update to the probate dispute between Robin Williams’ wife and children shows how these cases can take months to resolve. The judge presiding over the case has ordered the parties to try to work out their differences over the next eight weeks.
We have written before in this blog about guardianships, which can protect a person’s well-being or property if he or she is no longer able to do so, due to dementia or other health reasons. However, in the wrong hands guardianship can lead to a person being exploited or abused. This is why it is important that the guardian be a person who can be trusted.
We have spoken before about personal representatives, also known as executors, and their role in the probate process in Florida. Serving as a personal representative for a person’s estate after he or she dies is an important job, and not one to take lightly. The personal representative is responsible for distributing the assets to the proper heirs and dealing with creditor claims.
We understand: it is not pleasant to plan for your demise. Being afraid of death is very common. But the end comes for all of us sooner or later, which is why it is necessary to plan for the future.
Depending on what stage of life a person is in when he or she passes away, he or she may die with several unpaid debts. While it may be nice to have the mortgage and business loans paid off before death, life is often less tidy than that.
Recently, we have shared a pair of stories about family probate disputes following the death of a celebrity. Many of these cases are about contesting the terms of the celebrity’s will. However, many estate plan disputes are about the testator’s medical care while he or she is still alive.
There may be a variety of reasons for a person to completely cut his or her spouse and children out of his or her will. Whatever the decedent’s reasons, it may come as a shock to the family to learn that they are to receive nothing, especially if the decedent left behind a substantial estate. If the decedent was the sole source of income, the family may be left destitute.