Florida Homestead Protection and Creditors: Will your home be protected upon your death?

house.jpgWhen a person dies, who owned a property protected by a Florida Homestead we generally expect the property to be free from the claims of creditors.

There are certain situations when this is not true and other types of planning could prevent creditors from making claims against your Florida Homestead.

So when will your property lose homestead protection upon your death:
1) if you are not survived by a spouse or children and devise your property o people not listed in Florida Statute 732.103.
2) If you are not survived by a minor child and have a valid prenuptial agreement or waiver of homestead rights with your spouse and devise the property to someone not named in Florida Statute 732.103.

(Florida Statute 732.103 deals with the spouse, descendants, parents, siblings, grand parents, uncles, aunts, their kindred, and great-grand parents.)

If you want to leave your homestead to someone who is not defined in Florida Statute 732.103 we can help you maintain protection from the claims of creditors and avoid probate. Since there can often be many unexpected and significant expenses associated with end of life, it could be a good idea to plan to protect what could be your single largest asset- your home.

Note that many people incorrectly believe that a Revocable living trust can protect your home from the claims of creditors. While there may be homestead protection for those defined in Florida Statue 732.103, a Florida Revocable Trust in an of itself does not provide asset protection.

To talk about how to protect your assets and home from the claims of creditors, contact a Florida Estate Planning Lawyer.

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