Guiding You Through The Probate Process
Probate is the court-supervised process used to identify a decedent’s assets, pay any necessary taxes, settle any creditor claims and distribute assets to beneficiaries. The process is complex, and can be time-consuming and frustrating. That is why it is important to have a skilled lawyer on your side to help guide you through the probate process.
At the law firm of Allender & Allender, our attorneys have the experience to guide you through the probate maze efficiently and compassionately. We can also use a number of estate planning tools that are designed to help avoid probate entirely, saving your loved ones the hassle of having to go through this process. To schedule a consultation, call our main office in Titusville at 321-529-2448.
Probate In Florida
In Florida, there are two types of probate administration. A formal administration typically takes eight months to one year to complete, though it can go on longer. A summary administration usually takes four to eight months to complete. There is also a non-administration proceeding for situations where the decedent’s assets total less than $1,500.
If the decedent had a will, the document should have named a personal representative who is responsible for administering the estate. The decision to accept the role of personal representative should not be taken lightly. In most cases, the law requires the personal representative to be represented by a Florida attorney, and the attorney for the personal representative may not be the same attorney who is representing the beneficiaries.