Under Florida law, the decedent’s original Last Will and Testament must be filed with the Court with jurisdiction, within 10 days of the date of death. This is true regardless of whether or not probate is necessary. The Court within the County in which the decedent died has jurisdiction. Be sure to leave your estate planning attorney’s information in a location where your beneficiaries can locate it. Contact your attorney for more information about the legally required actions that must be taken under Florida law upon the death of a decedent.
-Emily A. Helmick, Esq.