By Miami Probate Attorney Phillip B. Rarick, Esq.
Florida’s elective share statute allows attorneys to draft standby Florida elective share trusts. (For a summary of Florida’s elective share see our post: Florida’s Sweeping Elective Share.) As of April 23, 2002, trusts that create property interests contingent upon an election being made are now qualified to fund the spouse’s elective share interests. The requirements for such a trust are set forth at F.S. §732.2025(2) and include: (1) surviving spouse must be entitled to use of the property for life or have all of the income payable as least annually; (2) the surviving spouse has the right to make the trust productive of income or convert it within a reasonable time; and no person other than the spouse has the power to distribute income or principal to anyone other than the spouse.
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