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Florida Wills & Estates

Probate of Estates

Probate of an Estate – a Primer

In almost all cases you will need an estate lawyer for a Florida probate. Except for very small estates and those where the executor is the sole beneficiary, Florida law requires the assistance of an attorney. Even when an estate lawyer is not required, formal administration has so many technical rules and pitfalls that it can be very difficult without the help of a qualified lawyer.. Florida’s system is too complex for most personal representatives to follow without guidance, and the courts are not set up or staffed to provide probate legal assistance.

Very small estates without real property may qualify for summary administration, which is a faster and cheaper form of probate administration. Because Florida’s homestead definition allows unlimited value, some estates with very expensive homestead property, but little else, can qualify for summary administration. Also, if the deceased has been dead more than two years, the estate can be handled in summary administration.

If you find yourself in need of legal assistance, it is best to consult an attorney with substantial experience.  There are so many different circumstances that a proper answer to your particular problem can only be obtained by a trained and experienced lawyer.

If you have any question regarding this or any other legal matter our firm may be able to help you.

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