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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title XL
Chapter 717
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F.S. 717.1243
717.1243 Small estate accounts.
(1) A claim for unclaimed property made by a beneficiary, as defined in s. 731.201, of a deceased owner need not be accompanied by an order of a probate court if the claimant files with the department an affidavit, signed by all beneficiaries, stating that all the beneficiaries have amicably agreed among themselves upon a division of the estate and that all funeral expenses, expenses of the last illness, and any other lawful claims have been paid, and any additional information reasonably necessary to make a determination of entitlement. If the owner died testate, the claim shall be accompanied by a copy of the will.
(2) Each person receiving property under this section shall be personally liable for all lawful claims against the estate of the owner, but only to the extent of the value of the property received by such person under this section, exclusive of the property exempt from claims of creditors under the constitution and laws of this state.
(3) Any heir or devisee of the owner, who was lawfully entitled to share in the property but did not receive his or her share of the property, may enforce his or her rights in appropriate proceedings against those who received the property and shall be awarded taxable costs as in chancery actions, including attorney’s fees.
(4) This section only applies if all of the unclaimed property held by the department on behalf of the owner has an aggregate value of $10,000 or less and no probate proceeding is pending.
(5) Nothing in this section shall be interpreted as precluding the use of live testimony in order to establish entitlement.
History.s. 17, ch. 96-301; s. 25, ch. 2001-36; s. 23, ch. 2003-154; s. 13, ch. 2005-163; s. 4, ch. 2016-90.