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Intent in the Construction of a Will


It is imperative that the language in a will not be ambiguous. Most importantly, the testator’s intent must avoid oral instructions in the instrument. Intent is “ascertained from the four corners of the document through consideration of ‘all the provisions of the will taken together, rather than from detached portions or any particular form of words.”’ Bryan v. Dethlefs, 959 So.2d 314, 317 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007) (quoting Sorrels v. McNally, 89 Fla. 457, 462-63, 105 So. 106, 109 273*273 (1925)). For the most part, the law favors any reasonable construction of a will over intestacy.See Wehrheim v. Golden Pond Assisted Living Facility, 905 So.2d 1002 (Fla. 5th DCA 2005).
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