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Florida Probate Court Says No Fee To North Carolina Lawyer
James W. Martin

Everyone knows you need a license to practice law. Everyone knows it’s a crime to practice law without a license. But what most people don’t know is that services performed by an unlicensed person don’t incur a fee. So even if you agreed to pay a fee for services, you don’t have to pay the…

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An Alternative To Percentage Probate Fees: Hourly Fees
James W. Martin

One of the reasons people try to avoid probate, besides the obvious one, is to avoid percentage probate fees. Florida, like many states, expressly allows attorneys to charge attorneys fees based on a percentage of the value of the probate estate. But there is an alternative: hourly fees. An hourly fee more directly compensates the…

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Who Gets To Choose The Attorney When Someone Dies?
James W. Martin

It is a common misconception that when a Florida resident dies the attorney who drafted the will must be hired to probate the estate. This goes along with the misconception that the attorney represents “the estate”. The reality in Florida is that the attorney represents the personal representative and not the estate and not the…

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