Whenever someone dies who owns property in the State of Florida, regardless of whether he resides in Florida at the time of his death and regardless of whether he is a citizen of the United States, Florida laws come into play to ensure the steady and secure transition of ownership of that property.

This legal process has been defined as probate, and it can range from the simplest of matters resolved in a matter of months, to a protracted and years-long battle in Florida courts.

A standard probate administration involves: submitting the Last Will and Testament; having a fiduciary (Personal Representative) appointed; collecting and organizing the decedent’s sole-named property, preparing an inventory; paying creditors, if any; paying the personal representative’s fees, attorney’s fees, and court costs; and finally, the ownership of the estate’s property is legally transferred to the beneficiaries/heirs and the estate is closed.

Probate is intended to be a streamlined process, and the Florida legislature has passed a series of statutes designed to assist in making probate administration as fast and cost-effective as possible; however, there are many times when controversies or confusion arise, and the law is prepared for these situations as well.

Martinez Law is well versed in handling probate matters, and can help you sort through any issues that may arise. 813-288-1LAW