Steele v. Brown

Steele v. Brown, 197 So.3d 106 (Fla. 1st DCA 2016)

This decision, while dealing mostly with the court's ability to provide relief from a judgment pursuant to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.540, also addresses whether a trial court has inherent authority to set aside a homestead order as if it were a non-final order.  The Court held that a homestead order is an appealable, final order, since it determines an interest in property and finally determines a right of interested persons.  The Court noted that leaving appealable, final probate orders open to discretionary review and termination by the courts would upset the probate code's goal of quickly and finally accomplishing the settlement of estates.  


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