WHEN IS PROBATE REQUIRED?
Dealing with the death of a loved one is always difficult. Making it even more challenging is the question of how to handle their estate.
At Minot Law we help grieving family members navigate the Florida probate process to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. Retaining the services of an experienced probate attorney can provide peace of mind during what can be an otherwise difficult time.
A BRIEF OVERLOOK OF PROBATE
Probate provides the means to administer the affairs of a deceased person’s estate. This task is accomplished with the assistance of the probate court. If the deceased person had a valid will or trust, those documents will communicate the intentions of the decedent.
A decedent’s will may express their preference of a family member, friend, or trusted advisor to administrate and fulfill the decedent's wishes. This person is referred to as the personal representative of the estate. Many people accept the role of the personal representative of a will, or trustee of a trust, without realizing the potential complexities of the process. For this reason, they often choose to work with a trusted law firm instead of undertaking the process alone.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE PROBATE ADMINISTRATION PROCESS
The personal representative has many responsibilities including duties to both beneficiaries and creditors. In most cases the personal representative named in the will is required to file the appropriate documents with the probate court. In the event there is no will, an interested party should consult with a probate attorney to review the available options.
After opening probate with the assistance of an attorney the personal representative will attempt to identify, collect, and appraise all estate assets. Additionally, the attorney will provide guidance for resolving any debts as well as assist with the determination of rightful heirs.
Without the help of a probate attorney, it is easy to make mistakes and miss deadlines which can result in increased costs that are often the responsibility of the administrator.
What is our fee? The fee for working with a knowledgeable probate attorney at Minot Law follows the fee schedule outlined by the Florida probate code.
If you are interested in reviewing a probate matter or begin the probate process, please contact Minot Law at (321)349-3004 to schedule a free initial consultation.
BENEFITS OF HIRING A FLORIDA PROBATE LAWYER
WHY CHOOSE MINOT LAW
For many people tasked with the responsibility of handling the affairs of a loved one's estate, the experience can seem overwhelming. Our knowledgeable legal team at Minot Law is committed to simplifying the process. We provide personal representatives all the necessary information they need to make good decisions throughout the process.