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What Is Probate?

Probate is a court-supervised process for identifying and gathering the assets of a deceased person (decedent), paying the decedent’s debts and distributing the decedent’s assets to his or her beneficiaries. In general, the decedent’s assets are used first to pay the cost of the probate proceeding, then are used to pay the decedent’s outstanding debts, [...]

By |2018-06-27T01:29:56+00:00March 1st, 2018|

Is A Life Insurance Program A Substitute For A Will?

No. Life insurance is only one kind of property that you may own, and a will is necessary to dispose of other assets that you own at death. If a life insurance policy is payable to an individual, your will has no effect on the proceeds. If the policy is payable to your estate, the [...]

By |2018-06-27T01:27:23+00:00March 1st, 2018|

How Long Is A Will Good?

It is ‘good’ until it is changed or revoked in the manner required by law. Your will may be changed as often as you desire while you are sane and not under undue influence, duress or fraud, provided it is changed in the required manner. Changes in circumstances after the execution of the will, such [...]

By |2018-06-27T01:27:23+00:00March 1st, 2018|

How Long Does Probate Take In Florida?

It depends on the facts of each situation; some probate administrations take longer than others. For example, the personal representative may need to sell real estate before settling the probate estate, or to resolve a disputed claim filed by a creditor or a lawsuit filed to challenge the validity of the will. Any of these [...]

By |2018-06-27T02:45:01+00:00February 16th, 2018|

Health Care And The Power Of Attorney

What is the relationship between a Declaration of Living Will and Power of Attorney?   A Declaration of Living Will specifies a person’s wishes as to the provision or termination of medical procedures when the person is diagnosed with a terminal condition, has an end-stage condition, or is in a persistent vegetative state. A living [...]

By |2018-06-27T02:39:35+00:00February 15th, 2018|

Termination Of The Power Of Attorney

When does a Power of Attorney terminate?   The authority of any agent under a Power of Attorney automatically ends when one of the following things happens: (1) the principal dies, (2) the principal revokes the Power of Attorney, (3) a court determines that the principal is totally or partially incapacitated and does not specifically [...]

By |2018-06-27T01:33:30+00:00January 31st, 2018|

What Are The Rights Of The Decedent’s Surviving Family?

The decedent’s surviving spouse and children may be entitled to receive probate assets from the decedent’s probate estate, even if the decedent’s will gives them nothing. Florida law protects the decedent’s surviving spouse and certain surviving children from total disinheritance.   For example, a surviving spouse may have rights in the decedent’s homestead real property. [...]

By |2018-06-27T01:35:22+00:00January 31st, 2018|

Dunegan Law Included In Best Law Firms Rankings

The Law Office of Stephen D. Dunegan, P.A. is pleased to announce that it has been selected in the Eighth Edition of the U.S. News and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" list. Firms that are included in this list are acknowledged for excellence in the profession, receiving consistently high ratings from peers and clients. It [...]

By |2018-06-27T02:13:53+00:00January 7th, 2018|

Guide To Medicaid Institutional Care Program In Florida

What is the Institutional Care Program (ICP)? The Institutional Care Program (ICP) is a Medicaid program that helps people in nursing facilities pay for the cost of their care plus provides general medical coverage. ICP eligibility is determined by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). In a nursing facility, patients pay for services through [...]

By |2018-06-27T01:32:25+00:00January 2nd, 2018|

SSI Related Medicaid Eligibility Requirements

Medicaid for low-income individuals who are either aged (65 or older) or disabled is called SSI Related Medicaid. The information below provides basic eligibility criteria. Some programs require additional criteria that are specific to that program. Aged, Blind or Disabled: an individual must be aged (65 or older) or, if under age 65, blind or [...]

By |2018-06-27T01:32:25+00:00January 2nd, 2018|