The Last Will and Testament is a very important document for everyone.  It allows a Maker of a Will to distribute property in the manner the Maker desires.  Our office has been helping people do this for over 40 years.  The Maker of a Will is referred to as an Executor if a man and an Executrix if a woman.

Some court case have ruled wills invalid for failing to follow the Florida Statutes rules.  Although people may write their own wills, they must comply with the procedure set forth in the Florida Statutes for the Will to be valid.

Recently a case decided by a Florida court ruled a Will signed in a bank invalid.  The case was appealed and the appellate court agreed that the will was invalid. The procedure set forth in the Florida Statutes for signing the Will by the Maker of the Will (an Executrix because it was a woman) and the witnesses did not follow the procedure set forth in the Florida Statutes.  Consequently, the Maker of the Will intent was frustrated and the estate was distributed in accordance with a prior will.

It is a sad to read these cases where a Maker of a Will intent was frustrated by a failure to follow the Florida Statutes.  Our desire for every person’s intent for their estate to be carried out.  We hope that people will consult with an attorney in the future to avoid the mistakes some individuals are making that jeopardize the validity of a Will and are avoidable.