Recent Court Decision is a Reminder to Carefully Plan Your Estate
The case involved a widow (the second wife) and the children form the first marriage. The decedent had executed a Will in 2005 and another Will in 2010 that gave most of the assets to his second wife.
The daughter sued the widow claiming she had exerted “undue influence” on the frail father and thus interfered with the daughter’s expected inheritance under the first Will. The daughter asked the Florida Probate Court to invalidate the 2010 Will and distribute assets to the children based on the 2005 Will.
After winding through the Courts, a Florida appellate court found in favor of the widow and probated the 2010 Will. The case was in court for 7 years!
As this prolonged dispute shows, estate matters can be complicated even when there is a written Will. Estate Planning involves several important considerations; “blended families” pose special challenges. Competent legal advice is based upon the specific circumstances.
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