Pierre, a client of ours from Quebec, came to us with a problem. He owned a condo in Florida, and since Micheline recently passed away, he did not want to go to the vacation home anymore and wanted to sell it. The title ownership was in Micheline’s name alone, but her Quebec notarial will left all of her assets to Pierre, including the condo. Unbeknownst to Pierre, even though his notary told him their notarial wills would avoid probate in Quebec, he found out that they did nothing to avoid probate in Florida! Not only would he have to wait a year to sell the condo, but also have to gather numerous documents, hire and pay a lawyer to deal with the probate court in the county where the property is located, and on top of it all, since his wife’s will was written in French, he would have to pay a translator to get a copy in English! What a mess! Read the rest of this entry »
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