PROBATE ADMINISTRATION

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WHAT IS THE PROBATE PROCESS IN FLORIDA?

Probate administration involves collecting the assets of the deceased person, also known as the decedent, paying their debts and taxes and distributing remaining property to beneficiaries. If the decedent left behind a valid will, it probably indicates a personal representative to administer the estate as well as instructions on how to do so. If the decedent did not leave a valid will, the state of Florida will select a person, bank or trust company to serve as his or her personal representative and the property will be distributed according to intestate laws.

Regardless of the validity or presence of a will, the probate process can be lengthy and confusing. If you are serving as a loved one’s personal representative, it is highly recommended to obtain the legal services of a qualified lawyer. Florida probate attorney on the Treasure Coast can handle any unexpected legal issues and explain your legal rights and duties during either type of probate.

 

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TYPES OF PROBATE IN FLORIDA

In the state of Florida, there are two types of probate: formal administration and summary administration. If an estate is worth less than $75,000, a beneficiary of the estate can request a summary administration probate within two years after the decedent’s passing. If there are no outstanding debts or objections from creditors and the petition from the beneficiary is approved, the assets will be immediately distributed. If an estate is ineligible for summary administration and other probate alternatives, it will pass through the process of formal administration.
Formal administration probate requires the courts to take an active role in each transaction and is more expensive and time consuming than summary administration. Regardless of the type of probate the estate you are administering is going through, a probate attorney from our law firm can walk you through the process and assist you with any bumps in the road.
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DO YOU NEED A FLORIDA PROBATE ATTORNEY?

Did you know that a personal representative is required to locate the decedent’s creditors and alert them of the death? This is just one of the many tasks required of the personal representative. We understand that dealing with a family member’s estate recently after they have passed can make the probate process even more stressful and emotionally draining, which is why we pride ourselves on providing caring and individualized services to all of our clients. If your deceased loved one was a resident of Florida and you have been named executor, but you live out of state, we can also provide you with the legal counsel and guidance you desperately need.

Florida probate lawyer Jon L Martin has over 40 years of combined legal and business experience, and is prepared to help you administer your late loved one’s estate. With convenient office locations in Port St Lucie and Palm City, Treasure Coast Attorney in Florida Jon L. Martin can help you best meet your late loved one’s wishes as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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