Probate

Who Pays For The Debts Of The Deceased Person

Any debts of the deceased person are paid out of the assets that are a part of the estate. It’s important to note that the personal representative or the heirs are not personally responsible for these debts. If there are more debts than there are assets, there are different priorities of creditors that will be paid first before other creditors are paid.

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What Will I Have To Pay For The Attorneys Services

Many times when you hire an attorney to assist in a residential real estate transaction, you can retain their services for a flat fee. On more complex transactions, an attorney may charge you an hourly rate.

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Where Is Probate Handled

The proper place to file a probate is the county where the decedent resided in at the time of their death. You must also file probate in any county where the decedent owned real estate.

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What Is Intestate

When a person dies intestate that means a person has died without a will. In that case, the Florida statutes will determine who inherits your property after your death.

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What Is Probate

Probate is the judicial supervision of distributing someone’s assets once they are deceased. A common misconception in Florida is that a will avoids probate. Whether or not you have a will, you still have to go through probate once you’ve passed away. A trust is the only document that can avoid probate. The difference between having a will in probate and not having a will is, a will you will determine who receives your assets, and if you do not have a will, the statutes will determine who receives your assets following your death.

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What Is The Attorneys Role In The Probate Process In Florida

An attorney in the probate process in Florida represents the personal representative of the estate, which is the person who will actually handle the distribution of assets and the payment of any debts. The attorney will advise a personal representative how to stay within the bounds of the law and what time periods and when to take appropriate action.

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What Is The Notice To Creditors

The notice to creditors is a part of the probate process. After the personal representative has been appointed and given letters of administration, the personal representative must publish a notice to creditors in a newspaper for two consecutive weeks and must send the notice to creditors to all known and readily ascertainable creditors of the decedent.

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What Is Ancillary Probate

Ancillary probate is when the deceased person died in another county or another state but owned real estate in a county in Florida. You must always open up a probate proceeding anywhere where the person who’s deceased owned real estate to properly effectuate the title transfer.

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My Spouse Died And Left A Will Leaving His Assets To Me And My Children Do We Have To Probate The Will

Anytime there’s a will involved you must go through the probate process in the state of Florida. However, depending on how your property was owned, for instance, if it was owned by tenants by the entirety’s, it may not be necessary to go to probate. It’s important to speak with a qualified attorney that can advise you on your particular situation.

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What Are Letters Of Administration

Letters of administration are the document that appoints a personal representative to the estate to act on behalf of the estate. They give the personal representative the authority to deal with banks, to deal with creditors on behalf of the deceased person.

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