For Reassurance Through The Probate Process In Florida, Work With An Experienced Lawyer
You may need legal guidance regarding someone’s estate if you:
- Are the named personal representative (as they are called in Florida) or executor
- Are a beneficiary of someone’s will
- Are a creditor or business partner of someone who recently died
Alternatively, you may want advice about your own estate, perhaps to enable you and your spouse to avoid probate through estate planning. Whatever your role and interests related to probate and the settling of an estate in Florida, you are welcome to consult with me, attorney Marilyn C. Belo. At my law firm, you will find the dedication and a genuine willingness to help you achieve your goal.
Some Basics About Probate
The probate process is different in different states so what you may have heard about the process or experienced yourself in another state may be very different from the probate process here in Florida. This is one way that working with an attorney may be beneficial. In some circumstances, you must work with an attorney to probate the estate.
Probate is the legal process for distributing a decedent’s property, after their death, according to the terms of their will. The personal representative has a great responsibility to fulfill all the necessary steps and, ultimately, to distribute assets accurately and in a timely manner. The assistance of an attorney and a law firm can be invaluable, especially when an estate includes complex assets. You can turn to the Law Office of Marilyn C. Belo for step-by-step guidance while protecting yourself from allegations of breach of fiduciary duty.
If there is no will, there are specific rules on how the estate is to be distributed. This is just another reason why creating your own will is important, as it makes sure your property is distributed the way you want it distributed and not according to the state’s intestacy laws. I can assist you in navigating through the law for the proper distribution of the decedent’s property.
If all assets are included in trusts, an estate may be settled almost completely outside of probate court. A pour-over will can account for any property that is not accounted for in a trust. I can help you sort out all issues related to the settling of an estate.
The probate process requires time and there are certain matters that cannot be rushed and others that are particularly time-sensitive. My staff and I have the experience to help you navigate the probate process in a time-efficient manner. I can help ensure that the estate is administered correctly and that all property is distributed properly according to the will or in accordance with inheritance laws.
If you are the one in charge of settling an estate, I, as your probate lawyer, can help you manage the process efficiently. I can help ensure that the estate is administered correctly and that all property is distributed properly according to the will or in accordance with inheritance laws.
Contact me at my Gainesville law office if you are or soon will be responsible for taking an estate through probate. Call (352) 448-4500 or complete an online form to learn more about my probate services.