Knowledgeable Probate Lawyers in Miami-Dade County
Drafting an estate plan is one matter, but carrying out its terms is another issue entirely. After you pass, your estate will likely need to go through the Florida probate process before your wishes can be honored. This can be a stressful process for your heirs, but you do not have to leave them to handle it by themselves.
The estate planning attorneys at EPGD Attorneys at Law, P.C., do more than just create estate plans for our clients. We actively participate in the process of distributing the assets to make sure the client’s intentions are met. The first step in this process is typically putting the will through probate, where we can step in and ensure the court follows our client’s wishes. To learn more about how we can help, keep reading, or contact our Florida probate lawyers to schedule your consultation.
What Is Probate?
Probate is the legal process by which your assets are distributed after your death. There are two ways probate may be handled: testate and intestate.
In Florida, testate probate occurs when you have a will dictating how your assets should be handled. It is usually a simpler and smoother process than intestate. Once in probate, an executor will be assigned. The executor locates all the assets, notifies the heirs and creditors, pays taxes, and distributes the assets according to the will or the Probate Court’s instruction.
If you do not have a will, then your estate will still go through probate. This is known as intestate probate in Florida, and the process is covered by intestacy laws, which are default provisions for what happens with your assets when you die without a will. An executor will still be named, but they will follow these default laws instead of your specific wishes.
Florida also has a shorter process, known as Summary Administration, available to estates of persons who have been deceased for more than two years, or estates with a value of less than $75,000.
Many estates go through litigation during probate and complex issues may arise, which can drag the process out over many years. Our attorneys are experienced in probating simple estates and litigating complex issues in our client’s best interest.
Efficient and Effective Attorneys for Probating Your Estate
Don’t leave the burden of probating your estate on your heirs and loved ones. Instead, plan ahead to have the expert lawyers at EPGD Attorneys at Law, P.A. manage the probate process on your behalf. Our knowledgeable attorneys can mitigate the stress and hassle of probate for your loved ones and represent your best interest during the process. Reach out today to discuss your concerns and begin the process of protecting your estate and your family.