The estate probate process can be quite complicated. This process is essential for ensuring that the assets of a deceased person are distributed correctly. Before starting probate, it’s best to acquire the guidance of an experienced lawyer. At The Millman Law Group, we have extensive knowledge of all aspects of estate planning, including the probate process. If you have any questions about the probate process, read on for a few answers to common considerations.
Is It Ever Too Late For the Probate Process?
Technically, no. However, we recommend starting your Florida estate probate process in a timely fashion. This is because important information you need like documents, bills, and statements may be misplaced as more time passes.
Do I Need an Attorney To Go Through Probate?
In most cases, yes, you are required to have an attorney before you can move forward in the estate probate process. There is one exception, “disposition without administration.” However, it’s only for very small estates. Even when you go through this process, working with a lawyer can ensure that no mistakes are made.
How Long Does The Process Take?
The length of the process depends on the type of probate process you’re going through, either Formal Probate Administration or a Summary Administration. The process can take anywhere from less than a month to up to well over one year. The final length will depend on the complexity of the estate.
Which Parties Should Be Involved In Probate?
The parties involved in the process include the court clerk of the county in which the deceased passed away, a judge, attorney, and anyone filing to inherit assets.
Who Cannot Serve as Personal Representative?
A personal representative is required to probate a will. However, individuals who cannot serve as a personal representative are those who are not a Florida resident (unless related by blood), anyone under age 18, anyone convicted of a felony, or anyone mentally or physically unable to perform their duties.
Who Serves as Personal Representative When There Is No Will?
If there is no will, the surviving spouse is appointed as the personal representative. However, if the spouse declines, the personal representative is selected by a majority of the heirs. If the heirs cannot agree about who will take on the role, the court makes the final decision.
Clearly, the estate probate process can be pretty complex. This is why navigating the process or avoiding the hassle altogether with the help of your lawyer is the best choice.
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