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The probate law attorneys at Van Riper & Nies are known for their accessibility, hard work and trust in bringing solutions to their clients' problems.  

Our attorneys have the courtroom experience necessary to help our clients through the challenging probate system.   

Probate is the legal process of transferring of property upon a person's death.  Although Florida’s Probate Code has changed over the years, the process is mostly the same, which is formalizing a deceased friend or family member’s intentions as to the transfer of their property when they die (usually in a will and last testament), their property is collected, debts that must be paid are paid by the estate, and the property is distributed.  

In Florida, the process is completed in the Probate Court.  Property subject to the probate process in Florida is the property owned by a friend of loved one at the time of his or her death, which does not go to others by documents such a life insurance policies or certain “payable on death” bank accounts.

Usually, the decedent names a person, an executor, to take over the management of his or her affairs upon death.  If the decedent fails to name an executor, the court will appoint a personal representative, or administrator, to settle the estate. 

The Florida Probate Code contains two primary types of estate administration. The first is Summary Administration, which is for estates valued at less than $75,000. The second is Formal Estate Administration, which is for estates valued at over $75,000. Summary estate administration typically takes between one to three months to complete.  The formal estate administration process timeline is longer and based on many variables regarding the complexity of the estate. 

For more information, please contact our office and speak with attorney Christian Van Riper

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