What is probate? Probate is the process by which the decedent’s assets are identified and gathered, presented to the Court, and creditors are provided an opportunity to be paid. After this process is finalized, assets are distributed to the beneficiaries. The probate process varies by State. In Florida, this process often varies by County. Filing probate in Florida requires the assistance of an attorney. Strict adherence to the Florida Statutes and the County’s required procedures is essential to completing the probate process in a timely and cost-effective manner. Even “simple” estates can have complexities. Be sure to speak with your attorney regarding the probate process.
-Emily A. Helmick, Esq.