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Is probate necessary?
Taking no action at all can sometimes be the best thing you can do but knowing under what circumstances is critical.
I can clarify when this may be the case and advise you what to do next.
If probate is required what should I do first?
Learn what should be done first and those actions you should never attempt without first knowing the facts.
Distributing estate assets or paying debts before understanding these facts can create needless delays and costs.
What if I can't find the Will, or there isn't one?
Under Florida law when there is no Will (known as "Intestacy") an estate will be distributed according to established state statutes.
If there is no Will, I'll explain who is entitled to receive assets, in what amounts, and in what order.
I've been told I need "Letters of Administration"? Is this true?
Not always. There are instances where an estate will qualify for an abbreviated form of probate that accomplishes exactly what is needed and saves both time and money.
If you do require Letters of Administration, which is part of a process known as "Formal Probate," I'll explain who qualifies to receive them, what's required to have them issued, and what can be done with them once they are issued.
I live out of state. Do I need to meet with you in person?
No, in fact all aspects of the case, from interviews to data gathering, and the signing of documents, can be done electronically, by telephone or by mail, or by a combination of all three.
In an effort to be as efficient as possible, we use electronic technology extensively.
Will I have to appear in court?
In all likelihood, "No," as 99% of my clients have never had to make a court appearance.
Can I probate the estate myself?
If you are the sole beneficiary, the short answer is "Yes, but..." (you knew there would be a "but," right?)
Certain assets can be exempted from creditors' claims, "but" if you don't knowhow or when to formally submit these requests the exemptions are not automatically granted, and the estate could needlessly suffer delays and in some cases expensive and otherwise avoidable losses.
If you run into procedural problems during the administration, you could ask for help, "but" clerks cannot and will not provide legal advice and a judge will in most instances direct you to seek legal counsel. Procedural issues are the most common area of probate where the layperson runs into problems.
A narrowly defined and very simplified form of probate, known as Disposition Without Administration, can be done without an attorney and the forms are available directly from the Clerk of Court's office. For a list of all 67 Clerk's of County Court offices, click HERE.
Can you handle probate in every county?
Yes. Since 1996 I've probated more then 1,200 cases in 50 of Florida's 67 counties and practice uncontested probate statewide.
Once retained, I'm here to answer your questions, prepare all legal documents, and file all pleadings electronically.
Do you charge an hourly rate or a percentage?
No. I provide a flat fee for legal services, not an hourly rate nor a percentage.
Fee quotes are provided absolutely free and without obligation, however, I do need to review specific estate documents before providing a quote.
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A FEW NOTES FROM CLIENTS
Thanks Dawn. I never thought that an attorney could be such a comfort during such a difficult period. You've been pretty much perfect in all ways and you will always be most appreciated. Dare I say that you've changed my opinions of attorneys in general? No...you are just 1 in a million!
This has been an unbelievably great experience for my brother and I working with you as our attorney and
representative. What a joy that we found you online. -D.S.
Thank you so much for your help with Dad's Florida probate. I had no idea how I was going to get it done but you made it so simple. I will highly recommend your services!
Letting you know that we received the last documents closing the probate for my mother's estate. We want to thank you for getting us through the probate process during a difficult time of loss. We appreciate all your work, efforts, and information in getting it completed and throughout the judicial process. We'd be happy to highly recommend your services to anyone in need. Again, our heartfelt thanks.
-C. and D. B
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