When a deceased individual leaves a will containing a sizable estate, there is a specific process for establishing the validity of the will, then distributing the assets of the estate to the deceased’s heirs as laid out in the terms of the will. This process is called probate. In essence, probate is the term for the administration of the estate of someone who has passed away. Chapter 733 of the Florida Statutes is titled “Administration of Estates” and it governs this process of probate administration. As part of probate administration, a petition is filed with the court to approve the will and either appoint the personal representative named in the will, or assign a personal representative if none was named.
In cases involving probate administration, it is wise to consult with an attorney who specializes in this area of the law. The attorneys at Tables Law Group will provide answers to your questions, review the will and advise you of the best course of action to pursue. Having an attorney knowledgeable in probate administration, probate law, and probate court procedures, can make a big difference in not only preventing errors and delays, but in providing you with true asset protection.
The attorneys at the firm will work closely with the personal representative to accomplish the following tasks as part of the probate process:
- Submitting wills to the court to be verified and approved,
- Notifying heirs and creditors of the probate administration proceedings,
- Gathering up assets in order to do a complete estate inventory,
- Receiving, reviewing and approving or disapproving creditor claims,
- Resolving any probate litigation,
- Paying bills and taxes from the estate,
- If needed, selling assets, under supervision of the court,
- Preparing and submitting the petition for distribution of the assets of the estate.
The attorneys at the firm understand that the entire probate process can be complex and quite time-consuming. They also know that after a loved one has passed away, you would like nothing more than to be able to quickly wrap up their affairs and move forward with your life. The firm’s dedication and experience is what you need to help you navigate through the probate process.