Florida Summary Administration

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Florida Summary Administration

We Want to Be There For You.

Florida Summary Administration

We Want to Be There For You.

Summary Administration

Helping Clients Through the Probate Process in Florida

In Florida, the estate of a deceased person must go through the probate court for administration. While this process can often be lengthy, there is a streamlined option known as summary administration. This shortened form of probate typically requires less time, expense, and effort compared to formal probate administration and does not necessitate the appointment of a personal representative.

If you think you may qualify for summary administration, we encourage you to consult with our experienced Florida summary administration lawyers at The Legacy Law Firm. Contact us today to discuss your situation and find out how we can assist you in navigating this simplified probate process.

Qualifying for Summary Administration

There are different ways that an estate can go through summary administration instead of full administration in the probate court. The following are some qualifications:

If your loved one passed away and the situation meets one or more of these qualifications, discuss the possibility of summary administration with our legal team today.

Many people mistakenly think that an estate won’t qualify for summary administration if the deceased owned a home valued over $75,000. However, this is often not the case when the home was the decedent’s primary residence. Under Florida Homestead laws, the primary residence can pass directly to specific beneficiaries, and its value is excluded from the estate for probate purposes. Therefore, an estate with $55,000 in assets and a home worth $200,000 can still qualify for summary administration.

If you have questions about whether your estate qualifies, contact our experienced probate attorneys at The Legacy Law Firm today for personalized guidance.

The Summary Administration Process

Just like formal administration, you will need to start summary administration by filing a petition in Florida court. The petition may be filed by someone the will designated as the personal representative or any beneficiary. If there is a surviving spouse, and they are not the personal representative, the spouse will need to sign and verify the petition.

The petition needs to demonstrate to the court why the estate is qualified for summary administration, as well as lists of assets, debts, and the plan to distribute the assets. If the probate court approves the estate for summary administration, it can then set forth an order for the distribution of assets to creditors and beneficiaries. This can happen immediately. Note that if the decedent passed away more than two years prior, creditor claims will not be an issue in Florida.

Contact Our Florida Probate Lawyer for Assistance

If you’re visiting this section of our website, it’s likely because you have recently lost someone dear to you. First and foremost, please accept our heartfelt condolences. We understand that this is a difficult time, and we are here to support you.

Even though summary administration may be a more straightforward process compared to formal probate, it is still essential to consult with an experienced probate attorney at The Legacy Law Firm. Proper representation and counsel can help prevent complications and ensure the process goes smoothly.

Please call us at 954-999-9683 or contact us online today to learn more about our probate services in Florida. We are here to provide the guidance and support you need during this challenging time.


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