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Do Surviving Spouses Have Special Rights When Florida Residents Die?

James W. Martin

Sometimes Pinellas County probate attorney Jim Martin represents the surviving spouse of a Pinellas County Florida resident who has died. The surviving husband or wife of a Pinellas County deceased person might not be named in the will but still has rights under Florida law.

For example, the Florida Probate Code provides for elective share, homestead, and exempt property rights for surviving spouses. These rights are not often known to nonlawyers, which is why it is advisable for the surviving spouse of a deceased Pinellas County resident to hire a Pinellas County probate lawyer to advise him or her.

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