Probate deals with the legal aspects of administering and distributing a decedent’s assets. This process generally includes:
- Determining the status of the homestead
- Preparing and filing all required probate court forms
- Representation of the estate in probate court
- Transferring assets
- Resolving creditor’s claims
At Lins Law Group, P.A., we serve in both capacities, serving both families in Florida and out-of-state family members.
For more information, read our Probate And Trust Administration FAQ page.
Dedicated Representation From An Experienced Probate Lawyer
In Florida, there are two different varieties of probate administration: formal administration (for more complicated estates) and summary probate (for smaller estates). The formal probate process takes at least 10 to 12 months to complete, and many take longer.
The process starts with a request to open the estate and to name one or more estate administrators (personal representatives). It is then necessary to place a Notice to Creditors in a local newspaper. From that time creditors usually have three months to file claims.
Completing The Estate Inheritance
Once debts are paid, what remains of the estate can be distributed, either among the heirs listed in the will or among family members stipulated by the state.
Once all assets have been distributed, a petition for discharge is filed, and the estate is closed.
D. Michael Lins of Lins Law Group, P.A., in Tampa, has been serving as probate counsel for more than 30 years. One reason for our firm’s success over the years is that families know they may rely on our attorney for impartiality and good sense in dealing with the complexities of probate. This positive word-of-mouth is how we get and keep clients.
We invite you to call about your probate administration needs. You will find us all to be straightforward and friendly.