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At Jackson Law, we assist our clients with every aspect of probate, from
guiding the executor of the estate through the proceedings, to representing
surviving family members in probate litigation, to implementing
estate planning strategies that can be used to avoid probate altogether. Under the terms
of the Florida Probate Code, the estate of a person who has died with
or without a will must pass through
the process of probate.
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Probate involves three major actions:
- Identifying and gathering the assets of the decedent
- Rendering payment to satisfy debts owed to the decedent's creditors
- Distributing the assets remaining to the beneficiaries of the estate
Advantages of Probate
While a large percentage of people who come to our office do so with the
intention of keeping their estates out of the probate courts, this is
not true of everyone. There are, after all, certain
benefits of probate. For example, probate gives you the opportunity to challenge a will that
you believe your loved one may have drafted while not of sound mind or
while under the undue influence of a person who did not have their best
interests at heart. Additionally, taking the estate to probate means that
the decedent's creditors will have only three months to pursue claims
against the estate, after which their claims will be forfeited under Florida law.
Disadvantages of Probate
Many of our clients come to our Orlando probate attorneys with questions
how to avoid probate.
There are many reasons for this:
- Probate can be highly expensive in terms of court costs, and these costs
are to be paid to the court before the beneficiaries of the will receive
anything in terms of an inheritance.
- The same is true of debts, which must be paid prior to distributing any
assets to the beneficiaries.
- Probate will often leave little or nothing to the surviving family members.
This is a great concern to our clients who want to make sure that their
loved ones are able to enjoy the full benefit of the fruit of their lifelong
- Depending on the complexity of the case, probate can take anywhere from
a few months to an average of 12 to 18 months or even longer
- The proceedings in a probate case become a matter of public record, thereby
exposing certain information concerning the estate and your personal affairs
to public scrutiny.