Probate is the court supervised process in which a deceased person’s assets are transferred to the beneficiaries listed in his or her will. The entire probate process can be very complicated and frustrating for individuals who do not know what to expect and are unaccustomed to fulfilling their obligations. Florida probate lawyer Thomas Upchurch and staff will assist you in tracking down all the estate assets, giving notice to creditors, dealing with creditors and the distribution of assets to the proper beneficiaries. Thomas Upchurch services the entire Central Florida and North Florida areas including Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Port Orange, Deland, Ormond Beach, Palm Coast, Orlando, Saint Augustine and New Smyrna Beach.
What is the role of the personal representative?
In most cases, the personal representative named in the will opens the estate by filing a petition in court seeking appointment, however, in Florida, the petition may be filed by “any interested person.” After being appointed by the court, the personal representative will then take possession of your assets. They have a number of responsibilities which include paying off the estate’s debts and with court approval, distributing the rest of the estate assets to the beneficiaries. If you have been appointed as a personal representative and need assistance in proceeding forward, a Florida probate lawyer can assist and help guide you through the entire process.
We can assist in the following areas:
- Florida Formal probate administration
- Florida Summary probate administration
- Florida Ancillary probate administration
- Asset distribution
- Florida Trust Administration and litigation
- Representation of Personal Representatives
- Representation of heirs
- Representation of trustees
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