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New Laws 2011 – Change in the Intestate Share of a Surviving Spouse

Fla. Stat. 732.102 governs the distribution to a surviving spouse of an intestate estate – one in which the decedent did not leave a Last Will – by providing the following three alternatives:

  1. the decedent leaves no surviving children, in which case the surviving spouse receives the entire intestate estate;

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Durable Power of Attorney – a common misunderstanding

One misunderstanding that commonly manifests following the passing of a loved one involves durable powers of attorney.  Often a family member who was designated as attorney in fact under an existing durable power of attorney thinks they may continue to act on behalf of the deceased.  However, “durable” does not mean that the power of attorney survives death,

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