The Probate Process
Probate is necessary to pass ownership of assets to the beneficiaries. If the decedent had a valid will, it is admitted to the court as a guiding document. If not, the assets will pass as the Florida Statutes designate.
The process can be initiated quickly after a person passes away and the majority of tasks can be handled by a probate attorney if one is retained. The average timeline for the formal process is 4-6 months up to years depending on the circumstances.
Below the probate process is summarized in three general phases to help you understand some of the main actions which take place during the proceeding.
The above description offers a simplified timeline of events during probate. Depending on the assets involved and number of beneficiaries, availability of a valid will, ability to notify beneficiaries and creditors, and consent to the final distribution, among other factors, there may be more steps involved.
The probate process can be very complex to administer as a personal representative, especially if you were also a family member or friend of the decedent. There is a significant amount of responsibility associated with this role and serious consequences if errors are made. You do not have to handle it alone – the attorneys of Oldham & Delcamp are available to assist.
If you are the potential beneficiary of an estate which is currently in probate you need an experienced attorney by your side to represent your interest in the assets or proceeds you may be entitled to. The attorneys of Oldham & Delcamp regularly handle probate matters for clients – call us today to discuss your matter.
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