Every year, people from all over the United States die either intestate (without a will) or testate. The state law of the decedent and distribution will ultimately determine who receives the property by default if the decedent dies intestate. The laws of each state vary from state to state but usually the distribution would be to the spouse or the children, or if none survived or existed then to the other family members. Although a person drafts and signs a will, the will could still be considered invalid if it does not meet the state's laws and regulations. Therefore, a will contest may be raised in court and litigation follows.
The purpose of this guide is to provide members of the legal profession and interested parties with basic understanding of probate law in regard to contesting a will in the state of Florida.
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