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Losing someone you care about is both a tragic and difficult time in one’s life. While grieving and healing should be the primary focus, we often find ourselves in the center of legal issues. If your loved one has left behind assets that do not designate a beneficiary and are not jointly owned, you may be in need of an experienced Coral Springs probate attorney.

What is Probate?

Probate is the legal process of administering a deceased person’s estate.  In simple terms, think of probate as the official process where a court oversees what happens to an individual’s assets, like their money, property, and belongings, after they pass away. During probate, the deceased individuals debts are settled and the remaining assets are distributed according to the deceased person’s will or Florida law if there’s no will. 

How does probate work?

During probate the court typically validates the deceased individual’s will, if one exists, and appoints an executor or personal representative to handle the estate’s affairs. The executor gathers the deceased’s assets, pays outstanding debts and taxes, and distributes the remaining assets to beneficiaries as outlined in the will or according to Florida law if there’s no will. This process involves notifying creditors, identifying heirs, and filing necessary documents with the court.

When Should You Probate a Will in Florida?

Deciding if a Florida estate should go through probate or not is not always obvious. When determining if probate is needed, consider the following:

What to Expect During Florida Probate.

In Florida, the probate process typically begins with filing the deceased individual’s will, if there is one, and a petition for probate in the county where the deceased resided. If there’s no will, the court will follow Florida laws on intestacy to determine asset distribution. The court will appoint a personal representative, who is often named in the will, to manage the estate. The personal representative then identifies and gathers the deceased’s assets, pays outstanding debts, taxes, and expenses, and distributes the remaining assets to beneficiaries according to the will or Florida law. Throughout the process, the personal representative must keep the court informed, file necessary documents, and obtain court approval for certain actions. The probate process in Florida can take several months to over a year, depending on the complexity of the estate and any disputes that arise among beneficiaries.

CONTACT A CORAL SPRINGS PROBATE ATTORNEY TODAY

With over a decade of experience, we strive to make the process as easy and stress free as possible so you can focus on what matters – healing. Call us today at (954) 999-9683 or contact us online to discuss your potential case.

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