Our Florida probate attorneys at the Law Office of Regina W. Drennan can help with administering an estate in Florida, including opening probate in Miami, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties.
Having to probate the assets of your loved ones can be an overwhelming process. Here at the Law Office of Regina W. Drennan we can walk you through the process and be with you every step of the way.
What is Florida probate?
Probate is the legal process of distributing a deceased individual’s assets to pay probate costs, outstanding debts, and the remainder to the decedent’s heirs. In Florida, a Personal Representative is required to be represented by an attorney.
Why is probate required?
The probate process distributes assets that were held in the decedent’s name individually, without a joint owner, beneficiary, in trust for or payable on death designation. In addition, our office will help you deal with any creditors the decedent may have had at the time of their passing.
Types of probate in South Florida
Formal Administration is the most common and is where a Personal Representative is appointed to handle an estate.
Summary Administration is for estates that have a value of under $75,000.00 (excluding the value of homestead and other assets), no creditors among other issues.
We can help you determine the best approach to honor the wishes of you loved one if there is a will, and help distribute the assets according to Florida Law if there was not a will.
Probate administration services in Florida
Our Florida probate attorneys can help with a variety of probate needs, including:
· Administering an estate in Florida
· Opening an ancillary estate in Florida to distribute Florida property and assets
· Opening an estate so you can pursue a Florida wrongful death claim
· Opening an estate to distribute assets from a Florida personal injury or wrongful death claim
· Opening an estate so you can continue pursuing a personal injury claim which was pending while the injured person was alive
· Opening an estate to litigate or distribute life insurance benefits
We often work with attorneys in other states who refer Florida estates to our office, or who want to co-counsel on a Florida probate estate, as well as with many personal injury and wrongful death attorneys in Florida and out of state who need help with probate matters.
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