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If you recently lost a loved one and have been named as an executor of their estate, we want to first extend our condolences. We understand how difficult it can be to grieve while also handling the legal implications that come with a loss. Depending on the state of their affairs, it is possible that your deceased family’s member’s estate will have to go through the Florida probate process before any assets can be distributed to you or other beneficiaries. Probate wraps up any loose ends with your loved one’s estate like owed debts or taxes, so the estate can be closed and heirs can inherit their rightful assets. 

We know the thought of taking these steps right now can be overwhelming, which is why we strive to simplify each step for you so you can have peace of mind. Our experienced Lantana probate attorney will be by your side at each point in the process. Call Elder Law, P.A. today for a free consultation. 

What Does The Probate Process Entail?

Most people aren’t familiar with what probate is until they experience a death in their family. Unfortunately, probate can be a time-consuming and complex process, which is why it’s important to work with our skilled Lantana probate attorney who can guide you through probate and assist you with your responsibilities, which include (but are not limited to) the following: 

  • Notify beneficiaries of the decedent’s passing
  • Notify creditors of the decedent’s passing 
  • Settle outstanding debts with creditors/address and resolve creditor claims
  • File a final tax return
  • Take inventory of assets and have them appraised
  • Distribute remaining assets to beneficiaries 
  • Communicate with the court
  • Close the estate
  • And more.

There are a few drawbacks to the probate process, like how expensive, lengthy and stressful it is. There are several different court fees and required deadlines that if missed, can lead to additional costs and complications. The process can also take several months to a year to complete and has to begin 10 days after your family member passes. Tensions tend to run high when it comes to deciding who gets what of your loved one’s assets. This can lead to disputes and even lawsuits, creating additional issues during an already difficult time. We can help you avoid making costly mistakes, help you initiate negotiations with family members, explain your legal obligations as an executor and take care of the complicated paperwork so you can focus on grieving and moving forward with your life!

What Our Compassionate Lantana Probate Attorney Can Do For You

No one should have to handle the probate process alone, especially after losing a family member. You deserve to mourn your loss without all of this legal confusion and duty hanging over your head, but that can be difficult to do when probate is required. In order to prevent yourself from being personally liable for anything, it’s in your best interest to work with a seasoned attorney who’s familiar with Florida’s probate laws and can ensure you stay legally compliant. 

At Elder Law, P.A., we’re well-versed in the various challenges probate can throw your way and we’ve worked with hundreds of clients who were in your same shoes. We will apply our experience and knowledge to help you reach the best possible outcome in your probate case, saving time and money along the way!

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If you’re curious about your rights and options as an executor or you know you need help now, call our Lantana probate attorney, Ryan J. Smollar, today for guidance on what to do next. Schedule a free consultation today. 

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