■ Testate Probate Administration
Florida Probate Basics
If you need help settling legal matters after the death of a loved one, or have a legal interest in the estate of someone who passed away, I offer help for people trying to settle things after the death of a loved one. I have practiced law in the Satellite Beach-Indian Harbour Beach area for many years. Florida Probate Law provides several different methods for handling a probate estate. Depending upon many factors, the things left behind by your loved one may have to pass through probate. Probate refers to a process controlled by the court to pay debts, distribute assets, and provide notice to creditors and beneficiaries. If you are the person designated to handle the probate, then you must search for both assets and creditors, and file different notices with different entities. Probate takes time and effort. Depending upon several factors, Florida law provides for different types of probate proceedings. The law seeks to protect the rights of everyone involved in the process without making the procedures too great a burden for everyone to endure.
ATTORNEY SATELLITE BEACH 32937 │ PROBATE │ LIVING TRUSTS
How Long Does Probate Take?
In some cases, probate may be fairly fast (Summary Administration), while in other cases it may take many months (Formal Administration), and perhaps longer than a year in some cases. At times, we also have to deal with issues raised by a living trust, because some items were not placed into the living trust. I have experience handling probate, guardianship, and living trust issues. I offer a free consultation to discuss your concerns. You will have many questions following the death of your loved one. In some cases, the estate may not need to go through the probate process, while in others we may have to decide which type of probate best suits the particular facts in your case.
Florida Guardianship Basics
Florida law recognizes different types of guardianship proceedings. Voluntary, Pre-Need, Stand-by, Involuntary, Minors Guardianships, an other types of Guardianships. FS. 744. The law of incapacity covers many different issues. Florida has public and professional guardians. F.S. 744, Part II. Guardians must meet specific requirements imposed by law and may require credit checks, posting bonds, and receiving education designed just for guardians. F.S. 744, Part IV.
Living Trust Benefits
Florida Trust Law provides for some benefits for using trusts in estate planning. Florida law provides guidance for creating trusts of many different kinds and for different purposes. A living trust, sometimes called a revocable living trust, allows for great flexibility in estate planning. You may be able to move your assets into a living trust during your lifetime, and minimize or avoid probate later. You may also gain tax advantages and peace of mind in designating who will manage and distribute your assets after you pass away. Careful basic estate planning now may save time, effort and expense later. I answer my own telephone at 321.237.2869 and look forward to answering your questions regarding living trusts. Free initial consultation.
If you reside in Satellite Beach, FL 32937, or have a legal issue related to probate, guardianship, undue influence, lost inheritance, or other matter, please give me a call. I answer my own telephone at 321.237.2869 and welcome your call.
ATTORNEY SATELLITE BEACH 32937 │ PROBATE │ LIVING TRUSTS I communicate with clients by email, fax, texting, and other means of communication. Herbert L. Allen, Jr., P.A., located at 1360 S. Patrick Dr., Suite 1A, Satellite Beach, FL 32937