Whether expected or unexpected, the death of a loved can be a traumatic and trying experience for the whole family. It may be difficult to learn how to move forward with a life without your beloved family member, let alone deal with confusing and time consuming legal issues that arise. This can be especially true for the Florida probate process, which settles the estate of the deceased. While it is possible to efficiently and effectively navigate probate, the process can drain resources and take up valuable to time for families if not properly managed, adding more stress to already emotional and overwrought situation. This can be true regardless of the size of the estate.
What is the Probate Process in Florida?
Probate is the legal process that takes place after a person dies to settle any matters associated with his or her estate. This process is typically a court-supervised series of events that:
- Formally recognizes a will and its validity.
- Identifies all assets to be distributed and the recipients.
- Identifies and pays any debts associated with the estate.
- Distributes the property as directed by a will or determined by the court.
Probate is typically handed by the personal reprentative (sometimes called the executor), who can be named by the deceased before death or can be appointed by the court. It is the job of the personal reprentative to manage the paperwork, filings, and financial responsibilities of the estate. The personal representative is a fiduciary and is held to the highest standards of honesty and fair dealing with the creditors and the heirs. Having excellent legal advice with experienced probate attorneys will make the personal reprentative's job easier, reducing stress and saving the family time and money.
Why is the Probate Process So Difficult?
Probate does not always have to be time consuming and difficult, but it often ends this way when not properly managed. Probate was created as a means to ensure that an estate is propertly settled before the correct heirs receive their inheritance. Unfortunately, the process can become complex without the correct legal guidance.
The probate attorneys at DeLoach, Hofstra & Cavonis, P.A. are here to help facilitate a quick and efficient probate process. We offer practical advice and believe it is part of our job to make things as easy as possible for the personal representative (also known as the "executor"). If you and your family are dealing with probate issues after the death of a loved one, please do not hesitate to call us for a free initial consultation.
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At DeLoach, Hofstra & Cavonis, P.A., we understand that a lack of direction during probate can add undue strain to a family already facing a difficult time. We are here to protect you and your family’s assets and help you navigate the probate process as quickly and smoothly as possible. With decades of experience in the probate process, our Seminole and Pinellas Park attorneys are prepared to provide hard work and good advice to make things as easy as possible during this difficult time.