Sloppy Drafting of Florida Wills and Florida Trusts

Drafting and transfer of assets is an important aspect of a Florida Will or a Florida Revocable Trust. Real estate held by a company will not transfer to the trust unless the ownership of the company interest is transferred.

In a recent Florida case a testator never transferred the ownership of his business entity. When he died the trust directed that the property go to one beneficiary. His will transferred the residual to his wife.

The court in Vaughan v. Boerckel, 963 So. 2d 915 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2007), affirmed judgment for the widow, holding that the failure to transfer title to the realty to the trustee meant that title remained in the corporation all the shares of which passed to the widow.

If you have assets owned by a Florida Limited Liability Company or corporation and wish to have your trust dictate how the assets will be transferred upon your death, you should Contact a Florida Estate Planning Lawyer to help you with your Florida Estate Planning.

This article was also reported on by Professor Gerry Beyer who writes the Wills, Trusts & Estate Professor Blog and Michael Bonesara who writes The Ohio Trust & Estate Blog.

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