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What You Need to Know About Probate

January 22, 2021 by in Blog

Contact a Melbourne Probate Attorney to Get the Help You Need

Probate refers to a court-supervised process used to determine who will inherit from a deceased person’s estate. Once an individual dies (the decedent) with a Will (also known as dying testate), the decedent’s Will needs to be admitted to the probate court. The Will will be reviewed by the court to determine its validity. Once the Will is admitted to probate, the estate administration process will occur through the court to ensure that the decedent’s assets are distributed to the correct heirs according to the Will.  

The probate process can be complicated and stressful. When a loved one passes away, dealing with the grief is a lot to handle. On top of such loss, the stress of dealing with the probate process can be a significant burden for many families. A Melbourne probate attorney at Lacey Lyons Rezanka can explain the probate process to you and walk you through it to administer your loved one’s estate and take some of the burden off you and your family. We will stand by your side every step of the way so you can focus on what is most important — grieving the loss of your loved one.

Formal vs. Summary Administration in Florida

Each state’s laws dictate what the probate process is to administer an estate properly. In Florida, there are two primary forms of probate — formal administration and summary administration. Formal administration is used when the total value of a decedent’s estate is valued at $75,000 or more. Summary administration is available for estates that are valued at less than $75,000. Summary administration is a more expedited probate process.

Questions About Probate? Contact a Melbourne Probate Attorney  Today

The probate process can be complicated. After a loved one passes away, the stress of administering an estate can be overwhelming. The good news is that help is available for you and your family so you can focus on grieving the death of your loved one. An experienced Melbourne probate attorney at our firm will explain the entire process to you and help you through every stage of the process from the very beginning to the very end.  We can: 

  • Help you do an initial determination of what assets are a part of the probate estate 
  • Determine what the best approach is to administer the estate 
  • Prepare and file the necessary documents with the court 
  • Assist you with the inventory and appraisals of assets 
  • Pay debts, taxes, and other liabilities of an estate 
  • Distribute assets 
  • Close the estate at the end of the process  

We can also help address any surprise issues that pop up along the way. Contact a Melbourne probate attorney at Lacey Lyons Rezanka today for assistance with the probate process.  We are here for you.

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