Thank you so much for that additional background. That is very good information. It is also a very good question that you ask. This is a very important hearing for you. If the will is determined to be valid in the probate hearing as a copy then the assets will distribute as set out in the will to only the children and grandchildren (issue) of Katie. If the will is determined to be invalid then the assets will distribute according to intestate
succession in Florida. Generally intestate succession will distribute assets to your Aunt's brothers and sisters or her brothers and sisters surviving children and grandchildren if some of her brothers and sisters predeceased her. Here is the intestate succession statute: http://www.mystatewill.com/statutes/fl_law.htm
As a background on the determination of the validity of the will: Generally an original will is required to be admitted to probate. There are very limited situations where a copy will be admitted. If there is a possibility that your aunt Ruth could have wanted to revoke her will then that is a very good reason the copy should not be admitted to probate. If the original is not found revocation is presumed.
As you see, you have a large interest in this proceeding to determine the validity of the will. By operation of law, if the will is invalid then you and your siblings are heirs. I would highly suggest that you and your siblings hire an estates litigation attorney to argue the legal reasons the will should not be deemed valid.
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