- Who can initiate probate.
- How quickly probate claims can be closed in some circumstances.
- The benefits of hiring a lawyer for your probate case.
What Is Probate? When Does It Occur In Florida?
When you pass away, the State of Florida takes an interest in what you own and who gets it! This can be very intrusive and burdensome. Did you know that you or your family are not the only party that can start a Probate case – creditors may also intervene to collect money from your legacy. In fact, the court may even appoint a stranger to your family to be the Personal Representative. Because of this, it is important that you give your family control by establishing your estate plan.
The Probate process in Florida essentially makes an inventory of assets that must pass through Probate; announces to the world that you have passed and there is a Probate open; and then invites in all outside creditors to file a claim. After that the court supervises the distribution of your remaining assets, if there are any, to your heirs. There can be many more steps to a Probate but this is the focus of the process. A court process that requires your family to spend significant amounts of money for legal representation for cataloging and distributing what you have earned.