Legal Question in Wills and Trusts in Florida

in Florida, no spouses, does the estate of a mother have to notify living children of the will? Can one daughter keep everything secret?

Asked on 10/17/13, 7:10 am

3 Answers from Attorneys

David Slater David P. Slater, Esq.

A surviving mother is free to distribute her estate by will as she choses. The will is filed with the court at time of its probate.

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Answered on 10/17/13, 8:53 am
Barry Stein De Cardenas, Freixas, Stein & Zachary

The children who are not included in the distribution per a will do not necessarily get notice of the probate. You can check the public records to see if a probate has been filed.

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Answered on 10/17/13, 12:13 pm
Lucreita Becude Lucreita D. Becude, P.A.

If there is no will, and there are no spouses, then the children shall take equally. If your sibling decides to keep things secret - sue her - she has not right to the entire estate and must reimburse the other siblings.

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Answered on 10/21/13, 7:05 am


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