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Interstate Succession
By Audrey Harris

If you die without a Will, any assets that you own in your individual name, will pass in accordance with Florida's law of intestate succession. It is the state's attempt to require the distribution of your assets to family members; however, that distribution may not be the distribution you want.
Many assets don't pass in accordance with your Will or by intestate succession if you don't have a Will. Some examples:
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The Road Ahead if You Decide to Sue
Have you ever thought, "I'm going to sue them," or heard someone say, "I'll see you in court"? These statements are often uttered in the heat of the moment. But think twice before getting involved in a lawsuit. Attempting settlement can save you money, time, and peace of mind. If you do decide to go forward, it helps to understand the process. Here are the six basic stages of a civil lawsuit.FULL ARTICLE
Follow the Blueprint for Evictions
As a landlord, you can't evict a tenant without taking certain steps. Let's say one of your tenants is behind on the rent or has violated the no-pets rental agreement by having a barking dog that has become a nuisance to the neighborhood. What do you have to do to legally evict the tenant? Click "Full Article" for some guidelines, as well as an explanation of squatter's rights. FULL ARTICLE
Contesting a Will is No Easy Feat
Most Challenges to a will are unsuccessful, particularly if the claim is "undue influence" on the decedent. But you still need to ensure your will is properly handled. Here's a look at the elements that a court may consider when a will is contested. FULL ARTICLE