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Wills can be effective estate planning tools

Dealing with matters of estate planning is not a pleasant thing to do, but it can be even more unpleasant for those loved ones left behind to sort out the details of an unprepared estate. Unfortunately, most people in Florida and across the country do not even have simple wills to express their wishes and to name someone to handle the process of closing the estate. A will is an excellent way to organize one's affairs so that loved ones are not left with an additional burden.

Celebs who leave no wills: Aretha Franklin the latest

The rich and famous may accumulate their fortunes using their looks, talent or position in society. However, when it comes to end-of-life decisions, some celebrities seem to be just like many normal folk who put off making plans. Once again, fans and estate-planning advisors were left scratching their heads as music icon Aretha Franklin passed away with no will or trust. While most in Florida may want to know what will happen to her possessions, advisors want her fans to know that while wills are crucial, an estate plan can do more than distribute assets.

What happens when Floridians die without wills?

Despite the fact that most people understand the importance of making an estate plan, it is common for Florida residents to procrastinate making that plan until it is too late. Those who die without writing their wills leave it to the court to decide what happens to their estates. The courts refer to an estate without a will as intestate, and there is a statutory pattern of succession that probate will follow when someone dies intestate.

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