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Asked on: 4/19/12, 4:35 pm

Does a beneficiary in a will have any rights in Florida? And...where can I read the Probate Code for Florida?

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Answered on: 4/19/12, 4:59 pm by Scott R. Jay

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Yes, the beneficiary has a right to be kept informed of the progress of the estate and how it is being handled. Any questions that the beneficiary has should be addressed to the Personal Representative named by the decedent to supervise the handling of the estate. Of course, the beneficiary also has the right to receive the specific property which is bequeathed to him or her if it is still in existence.

Copies of the Florida Probate Code can be found in any law library in numerous books including Florida Statutes Annotated, Florida Statutes in TITLE XLII ESTATES AND TRUSTS and more. You can find the Florida Probate Code online at: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Index&Title_Request=XLII#TitleXLII You will probably have to copy and paste the link to access it.

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Answered on: 4/19/12, 5:50 pm by Richard Kaplan


You can find the Florida Statutes in Chapter 730-735 at:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?Mode=View Statutes&Submenu=1&Tab=statutes&CFID=252692584&CFTOKEN=39014983

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