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A Penny Wise and A Pound Foolish

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2014 | Estate Planning

Last week, a Florida Supreme Court decision was released highlighting the importance of relying on professional counsel rather than a do-it-yourself Will.  In the Florida case, after countless attorneys’ fees were incurred and a journey up the court system to Florida’s highest court, the deceased’s estate ended up in the hands of persons not actually named in the decedent’s Will.  As a result of using an “E-Z Legal Form” the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the decedent’s do-it-yourself Will lacked the required provisions to properly dispose of the decedent’s estate, as she intended.

For a more detailed discussion of the case and its importance as a cautionary tale, please go to the following ABA Journal article.

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