Probate of Estates – Large and Small
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Do you need Probate? Generally speaking, individuals who die with assets held individually, that is, assets not held in trust need to have their estate probated. There are probate procedures for individuals who die both with and without a will. The complexity of each case varies based on a number of factors, including but not limited to, the size of the estate, whether the estate holds real property, the existence of debts or creditors claims and more.
What is Probate? Probate is a court-supervised process for distributing the assets of a deceased person; it can deal with the estates of persons who died intestate (without a will), and those who left behind a will. State law governs distribution of assets when the deceased did not leave a will. Where a will exists, the distribution will generally follow the instructions set out by the deceased. The will also names at least one person to serve as personal representative; for those who died without leaving a will, the probate court names the representative.
Under Florida law, a small estate (valued at less than $75,000) is eligible for simplified administration, while larger or more complex estates, a personal representative must be approved by the court; this is usually, not invariably, the person designated in the will.
The personal representative is responsible for a time-consuming assortment of tasks. These include: identifying assets, heirs and creditors; causing public notices to be issued alerting creditors and other potential claimants to the proceeding; pay claims on the estate, administration expenses and taxes; and file reports with the court overseeing the process.
While a friend or relative can serve as personal representative, the unfamiliarity and complexity of the position’s demands — especially if the personal representative is not a local resident — leads many personal representatives to seek expert legal help in coping with the process.
Who can help? The King Firm PA is experienced with probate administration and able to assist personal representatives with their duties. We encourage those with an interest in probate issues to contact us for a free consultation.
What is the next step? Simply pick up the phone and call 727.800.3040 today and setup a no obligation meeting with one of our attorneys. We’re glad to assist you in this time of need and we understand what you’re going through. At the time of the passing of a loved one, the last thing you need is an extra job as a personal representative. Have our skilled attorneys get your probate case administrated in a timely manner.