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Glossary Of Common Probate Terms

The intent of this glossary is to provide individuals going through probate with a general understanding of terms commonly used in Probate Law and their application. The definitions within this document are not comprehensive and are not intended to serve as a substitute for independent research of the law or for a probate attorney. We have however, reviewed the terms and we have worked with members of the law to check and review our content to provide you with the best and most up to date information. We believe that probate can be confusing and understanding the different terms is very important to navigate the process.

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  • The people who are closest to you in terms of bloodline when it comes to intestate succession under Florida law. Next of kin refers to those who are related by blood, marriage, or another legal link such as adoption. This relationship(...) Read More
  • A person authorized to witness the signing of documents. A notary public is a state-appointed person who, depending on the state, has the authority to acknowledge signatures, administer oaths and affirmations, take depositions, and issue(...) Read More
  • Formal written notice by a personal representative with full authority (under the Independent Administration of Estate Act) to the interested parties in an estate, of the intent to take certain action (e.g. sell real property) on or after a(...) Read More
  • The phrase, “now for then” is a Latin word that means you can issue an order on one date but it will be effective retroactively. It is most often used to correct past judicial errors or oversights that could jeopardize the smooth operation(...) Read More
  • A will is a legal document in which you can leave your assets to loved ones according to certain conditions. Not all wills are valid however; Florida requires oral, not written forms for its residents’ Islands. The term "deathbed will" is(...) Read More

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