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When a loved one passes away, many people go through a legal proceeding known as probate. This is basically a formal way for the state to distribute assets and settle the deceased’s estate, but it can be a lengthy and complicated process.

There are two ways you might have to go through a probate:

  1. As the designated personal representative or “executor,” you are responsible for opening the probate and acting as administrator for the estate. You’ll need to prove that the Will is valid, inventory the assets, clear any outstanding debts the deceased may have and distribute the assets in accordance with the Will. If there isn’t a Will, Florida Statutes will decide who the personal representative will be, who the heirs are and how the assets will be distributed.
  2. As the beneficiary of a probate estate, you have the right to information about the assets of the estate, an accounting of the transactions of the estate, and to receive distributions.

As undesirable as a probate may sound, most people will have to face it at least once in their lifetime. Fortunately, you don’t have to face alone.

At Spiegel Law, PLLC, we understand the challenges a probate can present, and we’re ready to help you through it. Use the links below to learn more or contact our experienced and dedicated Florida Probate Attorney. We promise to be accessible, answer all your questions, and provide the service and dedication the Tampa Bay area has come to expect from the team at Spiegel Law, PLLC.