Focused On Helping The People Of Florida Through Probate
Probate is immensely complex and requires the help of an attorney, especially when you are also coping with the aftermath of grief. You can rely on Pincus & Currier LLP to represent you in conjunction with the probate of an estate, whether you are a creditor, a personal representative, or a family member of the decedent. Moreover, Pincus & Currier LLP is the firm to turn to when you wish to challenge the validity of a Will or Trust Agreement.
Our attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience practicing law. We serve the people of West Palm Beach and Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin Counties by providing thorough and compassionate counsel through every step of a probate or will contest.
What To Understand About Probate In Florida
Florida has three types of probate. They are:
- Summary probate: A simpler process for estates worth less than $75,000, exclusive of the value of property exempt from the claims of creditors.
- Formal probate: A closely supervised probate involving a personal representative for estates over $75,000.
- Ancillary probate: Available if a non-resident of Florida dies leaving assets in Florida, credits due from residents in this state, or liens on property in this state. Letters of Administration in this state will need to be issued to a personal representative named in the Decedent’s Will or a foreign personal representative.
Every Estate is unique, but a formal probate administration normally involves these steps:
- Petition for probate with the court, and if a Will exists file same along with the Petition for Administration.
- Appoint an executor (personal representative).
- File an inventory of the Estate’s assets.
- Pay any outstanding debts and tax obligations.
- Distribute the Estate’s assets to the beneficiaries of the Estate.
The final step is to close the estate. Although these steps may sound straightforward, they are anything but. You stand to lose a great deal of time and money if you do not work with a reputable probate lawyer. Allow our probate attorneys to facilitate a successful administration of an Estate.
How You Can Create An Estate Plan To Avoid Probate
The best way to help your loved ones avoid probate is with proactive estate planning. When you have an estate planning lawyer to help you make a Will, Trust Agreement, Power of Attorney, and other documents, you can take the steps necessary to avoid and minimize probate. When you make an estate plan, you can keep more assets in your loved ones’ hands and help them avoid the stressful probate process.
Discuss Probate With A Seasoned Attorney Today
If you are seeking a probate lawyer for any matter involving an Estate in South Florida including, but not limited to, Broward, Palm Beach and/or Martin Counties, look no further than Pincus & Currier LLP. Contact us today to learn how our team can serve you. To schedule a consultation, please call 561-485-4291 or send us an email.