The Florida probate process takes a different amount of time based upon the type of probate. There are two types of probate in Florida: a formal probate administration and a summary probate administration.
The formal probate administration usually takes 6-9 months under most circumstances. This process includes appointing a personal representative (executor), a 90 days creditors period, payment of creditors claims and more. One important distinction on probate is that the personal representative, once appointed by the courts, has the ability to manage and sell the estate assets. This means that while the probate process can take a number of months, the estate assets can be sold and managed effectively.
The summary probate administration, usually reserve for small estates (worth less than $75,000) that have no debt, can take less than a month.
We offer a free initial consultation on probate and estate planning matters and we would be glad to sit down to clarify your legal matters.