Probate is the legal process of identifying the assets of the deceased person (aka “the decedent”). It often involves handling the decedent’s debts, including potential tax issues, and distributing the probate assets to the heirs. In Florida, probate administration is a court supervised process requiring an attorney in most cases. Whether the decedent has a Will can greatly impact how the probate process is administered. Determining whether the decedent had a valid Will may be also be a part of the probate process.
Leggett Law Offices can help guide the client through the probate process whether as a beneficiary or as the Personal Representative/Executor. Every guardian and every personal representative, unless the personal representative remains the sole interested person, shall be represented by an attorney admitted to practice in Florida. A guardian or personal representative who is an attorney admitted to practice in Florida may represent himself or herself as guardian or personal representative. Contact Leggett Law Offices today to see how we can help.
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Probate costs can depend on various factors including: the size of your estate, how complicated the probate administration may be, and if someone is contesting the administration. Please contact us for an accurate estimate of your case.
A Florida probate is required when the decedent was a resident of Florida and left probate assets that need to be properly administered through the probate process to transfer to the heirs. If the decedent was not a resident of Florida and left real property in Florida requiring probate to transfer to the heirs, then a probate is necessary even though not a Florida resident.
The Florida probate process can sometimes be completed in less than 30 days if the decedent has been deceased for more than 2 years. Generally, the process takes 6-9 months to complete. If there are issues with creditors or other challenges to the probate administration, including contesting the decedents Last Will & Testament, the process may be prolonged.
The person who is in possession of the decedent's original Last Will and Testament is supposed to file the will within 10 days of death, per Florida statutes. Although, the will is often filed later. There is no specific timeframe to start a probate proceeding in Florida and the necessity to start is dependent on each situation.
Our step-by-step process gives you a transparent guide so you may know what we are doing at all times.
During your free initial consultation, The attorney will discuss your specific matter and determine how best to proceed. Fees and costs to handle the case will also be discussed. An estimated timeline of how long the case may take and potential issues that may arise will be discussed as well.
Once you are retained as a client, you may simply scan and email related and requested information to our secure online mailbox or fax. From that information, we will prepare your probate petition for your review and signatures and upon receipt of the signed petition, the attorney will file it in the appropriate Florida court for you.
Upon filing the probate petition for administration, the clerk will assign a case number. Once a case number has been assigned, the attorney can begin the administration process.
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