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Is Probate REquired in Florida?

Probate issues are often emotionally taxing and resource intensive experiences. After a person passes away, their possessions, assets, and liabilities are distributed in probate court according to Florida’s probate laws. Sometimes, the decedent’s friends and family may not agree about the decedent’s intent regarding the administration of their testamentary estate. When this happens, it may be necessary to retain the legal services of an experienced Putnam County probate attorney for probate representation.

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If you are facing competing claims during the administration of your loved one’s estate in probate court, we at Hedstrom and Harris can help you. We have years of experience practicing probate law, including the administration, negotiation, and in some cases, litigation of claims in probate court. At Hedstrom and Harris, we are dedicated to providing our clients with sound and comprehensive legal advice regarding probate matters.

Call us at (386) 200-6547 or contact us online today to arrange a free initial case evaluation with an experienced probate attorney.

Probate Proceedings

Probate proceedings are governed by the Florida Probate Rules. Proceedings begin when a petition for probate administration is filed with the probate court. Notice of the petition for probate administration is then sent to those who are qualified to serve as the personal representative for the decedent. The probate court will then appoint a personal representative to administer the decedent’s testamentary estate. Probate proceedings will advance into either formal administration or summary administration.

We have experience working on several probate issues including:

  • Formal probate administration
  • Summary probate administration
  • Appointment of representatives
  • Estate taxes
  • Interpretation of Wills

Is Probate Necessary?a lawyer assisting in the probate process

Generally, it may be necessary for the estate to go through probate. Unless you have a smaller estate, you may be able to go through a more informal process under the probate court's supervision before the assets and properties can be distributed appropriately. The probate process can also help mitigate any legal issues that arise.

What Assets Must Go Through Probate?

Nearly every person has some assets that don’t necessarily need to be settled in probate. Even if you do happen to go through probate court, it may very well be likely that some assets or properties will not be included during the proceeding. For those expected to inherit this property, they may receive this quicker than expected. All of this property is known as the probate estate.

Some of the most common assets that go through probate include:

  • Property owned by the deceased person -- some examples of this might be a car or some real estate
  • A portion of property owned -- such as a business investment

Some assets that may not require probate can include:

  • Life insurance
  • Pension plans
  • Any property in a living trust
  • Salary due to the person who has passed away
  • 401ks, IRAs, or another type of retirement savings account
  • Certain household items

Other assets that might be required to go through probate are bank accounts under the deceased's name, that have no beneficiary or co-owner, any real estate that was owned solely by that individual, and any real estate that is co-owned by tenants in common.

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At Hedstrom and Harris, we understand the emotional and practical challenges associated with the passing of a loved one. You shouldn’t have to go through the grieving process and probate proceedings alone. That is why we are dedicated to providing our clients with compassionate probate advice and advocacy, devoting proper attention to the unique circumstances of your case. You can count on us to provide you with comprehensive legal advice so you understand the metes and bounds of the legal issues implicated in your case. We are committed to working diligently toward finding a just resolution to your probate issues.

To consult with a qualified probate attorney from Hedstrom and Harris, call us at (386) 200-6547 and schedule a free initial case review today.

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