Orlando Probate Attorney

Legal Representation for Personal Representatives

Have you been appointed a personal representative of a loved one's estate? If so, you have a large responsibility on your shoulders. You would be wise to engage the assistance of an Orlando probate attorney from Richard A. Heller, P.A. With nearly 75 years of collective legal experience and with an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), we are prepared to help you perform your duties seamlessly and eliminate the confusion commonly associated with handling a decedent's estate.

Probate and Estate Administration

Probate is the process of validating a will and settling a decedent's estate. With probate, a personal representative is appointed by the court to perform the following duties:

  • Collect and inventory the decedent's assets
  • Manage investments
  • Collect any rental income
  • Notify creditors and beneficiaries
  • Pay off debts against the estate, creditors' claims and taxes
  • If there are remaining assets, distribute them among the beneficiaries
  • Provide accountings to the court

Typically the will names a personal representative to administer the estate. If the decedent died without a will, then their property is distributed according to Florida law. The person holding the will must deposit the original will with the Clerk of the Circuit Court within 10 days of finding out that the person is deceased. The will is deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county where the decedent resided.

There are two basic types of proceedings for administering a decedent's estate:

  • Formal Administration – This type of proceeding is used when there are a considerable amount of assets.
  • Summary Administration – This proceeding is for smaller estates where the value does not exceed $75,000, or when the decedent has been dead for over two years.

According to Rule 5.030 of the Florida Probate Rules, a personal representative must be represented by an attorney who is admitted to practice in Florida unless the personal representative is the sole interested person (the only person who stands to inherit from the estate).

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If you have been appointed as a personal representative of an estate, we encourage you to contact an Orlando probate attorney at our office. In a free consultation, we will answer your questions and help you better understand your duties as a personal representative. Should you choose to work with us, we will guide you through every phase of the probate process so you can perform your duties as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Contact us today to find out how we can help simplify the probate process for you!

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