Understanding The Probate Process In Florida

Probate is a complex process that is supervised by the Florida courts. The process seeks to pay any debts owed by a deceased individual and pay the remaining assets to the named beneficiaries.

The lawyers at Pilka & Associates, P.A., have more than 30 years of experience helping individuals and families navigate through probate. We will answer your questions, address your concerns and administer an estate as quickly and accurately as possible.

When Is Probate Mandatory?

An estate must go through probate when the decedent had assets titled in their own name without including a provision for transferring ownership. Probate may also be needed to transfer ownership of other assets, even if the decedent created a valid will. When there is no will present, probate will be solely responsible for distributing the decedent's assets under Florida law.

What Are The Steps Of The Probate Process?

The first step is determining whether the deceased had a valid will. This is often relatively easy to accomplish because wills have long been the bedrock of people's estate plans.

Once you have a valid will, the executor of the estate will need to file the will with the probate court. In most circumstances, the will names the executor.

After submitting all of the required filings to the court and accounting for of the remaining assets, the final step of the probate process can begin. This step involves distributing the remaining assets in the estate to the beneficiaries.

Our attorneys work closely with executors to collect all needed documents and legal records. We have an intimate understanding of how probate works, and we will do everything we can to make this process easier for you.

Attorneys You Can Trust

We know how difficult settling a loved one's estate can be. We focus on your needs, all while providing trusted counsel throughout the probate process. Schedule your initial consultation online or by calling us in Brandon at 813-502-1097. You may also call our Lakeland office at 863-263-9321.