Tampa Probate Administration Lawyer
At Older, Lundy, Alvarez, Koch & Martino, our Tampa probate administration lawyers are driven by our commitment to represent each client with passion, personal attention, and the highest level of professional skill. If you have any questions about probate administration, we are more than happy to provide guidance and support. To schedule a strictly private consultation with a top Florida probate administration attorney, please give us a call or send us a message online.
What is Probate in Florida?
Probate is the name of the court-supervised process during which a decedent’s property is identified and gathered, bills are paid and creditor claims are resolved, and assets are distributed to the appropriate heirs. Larger estates are required to go through the formal probate process (full probate). A smaller estate ($75,000 or less) can sometimes be handled through a simplified version of probate called summary administration. An insolvent or very small estate may not be required to go through probate in Florida.
Probate Administration in Florida: Know the Responsibilities
The personal representative of the estate is tasked with ‘administering’ the probate process. In most cases, the personal representative is the executor named in the will. Though, if no executor was named, the personal representative may be the primary beneficiary or another close family member. Here is a brief overview of the responsibilities of a personal representative in Florida:
- Determine if a valid will exists or not;
- If there is a will, submit it to the probate court within ten days;
- Obtain certified copies of the death certificate;
- Gather information about the assets and liabilities of the estate;
- Determine the total value of the assets going through probate;
- Open a formal probate administration or summary administration;
- Carefully preserve the assets and property of the estate;
- Pay bills and settle all valid creditor claims against the estate; and
- Distribute the remaining assets to the appropriate heirs.
How Our Tampa Probate Administration Lawyers Can Help
You do not have to go through Florida’s probate process alone. At Older, Lundy, Alvarez, Koch & Martino, our multidisciplinary legal team has helped people and families find solutions that work for nearly two decades. We handle the full range of probate matters, including formal probate administration and summary probate administration. When you reach out to our law office, you will have a chance to speak to a Florida probate administration attorney who will:
- Conduct a comprehensive, confidential review of your case;
- Answer any questions you have about Florida’s probate process;
- Gather documents, records, and information;
- Handle all of the official probate paperwork; and
- Proactively address any obstacles or challenges that may arise.
Call Our Florida Probate Administration Attorneys for Help
At Older, Lundy, Alvarez, Koch & Martino, our Tampa probate administration lawyers are standing by, ready to get started with your case. If you have questions or concerns about probate administration in Florida, we can help. Contact our legal team today for a fully confidential consultation. With law offices in Tampa, Trinity, Clearwater, and Dade City, we represent clients in Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Pasco County, and beyond.