Understanding Florida Probate Starts With Clear Answers From Our Attorneys
Probate is the court-supervised process by which one person's assets are transferred to others following his or her death. The personal representative (executor) is the person charged with carrying out the probate process with the assistance of a probate lawyer.
Basically, the personal representative collects all the decedent's assets, pays the decedent's debts (including tax obligations), and then distributes the balance of the assets according to the terms of the decedent's last will and testament. If the decedent did not have a last will and testament, he or she is said to have died intestate, and the assets are distributed according to state law.
When working with our team, we will clearly explain the probate process as it pertains to your situation. Like any other area of the law, no two cases are exactly alike. That is why we take the time to listen, gather information and work closely with you throughout.
When Probate Gets Messy, We Will Be There To Clean Up
In most cases, probate proceedings are straightforward, but things can get complicated if the deceased died intestate or if there is a will contest. As your attorneys, we can help you avoid getting caught up in a prolonged process when assets are tied up.
Overall, the probate process is tedious, and can take a long time to complete. Many people we work with during probate quickly realize the importance of proper estate planning and the numerous benefits it can have when minimizing or even eliminating the probate process.
We Can Help You Spare Your Family Probate Pains With An Estate Plan
At Williams & Coleman, P.A., we are a boutique tax law firm concentrating in tax, business, probate, guardianship and other estate planning matters. Our lawyers can help with designing and implementing an efficient estate plan that will minimize or eliminate the probate process. We also can assist the personal representative with the probate process and carrying out your loved one's estate plan.
Reach out to us at our Tallahassee, Florida, law office to arrange a initial consultation where we can discuss how we might be able to help. Call 850-270-0695 or 888-390-0172 or take a moment to complete our online contact form.