Probate is a legal process that takes place after someone dies. It includes:
proving in court that a deceased person's will is valid
identifying, inventorying and appraising the deceased person's property
paying debts and taxes if applicable, and
distributing the remaining property as the will (or state intestacy laws, if there is no will) directs
Navigating Florida Probate Law can be difficult for someone who is not familiar with the process. Typically, probate involves paperwork and court appearances by lawyers. The lawyers and court fees are paid from estate property, which would otherwise go to the people who inherit the deceased person's property. The probate process commonly takes a few months to a year to complete.
Have a contested matter? Ms. Boykin is an experienced trial lawyer with fifteen years experience litigating probate matters. You may have questions about bank accounts, how to get the deceased person's property transferred to another's name so it can be sold, whether property will be exempt from claims of creditors or whether you should keep paying the mortgage.
Contact us to schedule a consultation regarding any questions you may having regarding probate or other related matters.