Reliable Legal Representation To Cover Your Estate Administration And Probate Needs
After losing a loved one, we would hope to have sufficient time to grieve and come to terms with the absence of that cherished person in our lives. However, our loss may only be the beginning of a series of unending and unavoidable paperwork related to probate. However, a knowledgeable attorney can help you shoulder the burden.
At De Paz Law, we focus our legal practice exclusively on estate administration and probate. We understand the challenges and will strive to help you through the difficult times you are currently undergoing.
Understanding The Probate Process
Probate refers to a court process required to gather all of the decedent’s assets, transfer them to beneficiaries, and supervise the payment of debts and taxes. The goal is to successfully distribute property among beneficiaries. Probate is necessary if a valid will is in place or an individual dies intestate.
If your deceased loved one had a valid will in place, the next step is to notify the probate court of the testator’s death and start the supervised distribution of assets. An individual appoints heirs and potentially a personal representative to gather, valuate, administer and transfer the assets to the designated beneficiaries. A representative’s duties also include paying taxes and debts such as funeral expenses.
If there is not a valid will, Florida has specific laws to distribute property. For example, a surviving spouse receives the decedent’s estate; if there is no surviving spouse but descendants, then descendants inherit the probate estate.
As our client, we will help you through every step of the process and make sure you fully understand your rights and what you can expect. We will also represent your best interests through litigation if you have reasons to believe your loved one’s will, trust or other documents fail to reflect their true wishes.
We are proud to provide personalized advice and assistance to beneficiaries, personal representatives, and professionals like financial planners, realtors and insurance consultants. We provide highly personalized attention, solutions and technologies that allow you to follow up on your case and review your documents 24/7.
Call Us For A Free Consultation
We are happy to provide a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your issues and learn how we can help you. Schedule an appointment at our Lutz office or virtually by calling 813-649-5241. You can also send us an email. El abogado de Paz también puede atenderle en español.