Lake Wales Probate Attorneys
Decades of Probate Experience in Central Florida
Probate is the legal process whereby a decedent’s assets and debts are settled through the Florida court system. Probate is required whether the deceased person had a will or not. If the deceased person’s estate is protected by a trust, however, probate is generally avoided.
Handling a probated estate can be complicated, confusing, and time-consuming, requiring extensive paperwork and a lot of persistence. At Weaver Loveless Law, our Lake Wales probate lawyers have extensive experience helping personal representatives and families navigate this process. We bring a high level of integrity and legal ability to every case we handle.
Need help navigating the probate process? Schedule a free initial consultation by calling (863) 657-0770.
How Does Probate Work?
Where the deceased person has left a will, it must be submitted to and validated by the court. If it is found valid by the court, then its provisions will likely be followed. The court will permit the named executor(s) to act as the deceased’s personal representative(s). If the will has not provided for an executor, then it is left to the court to appoint a personal representative for the estate.
Personal representatives are expected to:
- Locate all assets and property
- Value these assets
- Pay off any existing debts or taxes
- Determine the validity of any claims from creditors brought against the estate and pay off those that are valid
- Locate all the named beneficiaries
- Distribute clean title of all property and assets to the beneficiaries per the will
- Close the estate
Should anyone contest the will, the court will have the responsibility of settling the matter before the distribution of the assets and property. In the case of intestacy, the estate will be settled according to Florida probate law
Seek Trusted Legal Assistance from Weaver Loveless Law
Administering an estate can be an overwhelming task. If it is not done properly, it can have significant consequences for heirs and beneficiaries. Our firm offers invaluable legal assistance for those involved in the probate process. We urge you to take advantage of our experience and knowledge in this complicated matter.
Call (863) 657-0770 to arrange to speak to a Lake Wales probate attorney today.
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