Property Taxes

Hazard Insurance: Can’t live with it, can’t live without it

It’s already peak season for storms this year. We’ve been lucky so far, but it’s time to think about hazard insurance on any Florida real you are now responsible for due to a recent inheritance. Where real property is being managed by the Personal Representative of a Florida estate, that person is often faced with… read more

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Title Insurance: What you need to be protected

Title insurance is important coverage to consider when you purchase or inherit any real estate in Florida Florida law is clear that claims against an estate are barred (prohibited) two years after the date of death. Florida law is also clear that, with limited exceptions, one cannot directly sue the insurance company of another. You… read more

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Another change for the Florida chameleon: Homestead

No tears were shed this year when the Florida Legislature finally – after far too many years – revised that portion of the homestead law that competed for the “worst idea” among all Florida laws. That would be sec. 732.401, F.S.., which stated that if the homestead were owned only by the married person who… read more

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Don’t Wait to Sell that House

In ancient days, 25 years ago, many title insurance underwriters believed that an executor (personal representative) needed to get past the creditor period (3 months) before he or she could validly sell real property owned by a decedent. Those days are gone, and for non-homestead property, all an executor needs is either an order approving… read more

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Finally, a book to recommend

People often ask us if we can recommend estate administration or estate planning services, software or books, and we’ve been looking, honestly. Sadly, the answer is usually “no.” Florida law has just enough oddities that anything written for a national audience almost always fails to spot all the places where Florida law differs. But we’re… read more

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Death and Taxes

One of the nastiest surprises that families involved with a Florida probate often face is the HUGE increase in property taxes on the homestead after the final owner dies. There is no change when a husband or wife passes away, provided there is a surviving spouse. However, when the survivor dies, and the homestead property… read more

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