Probate and Trust Administration

What Does Your Florida Estate Lawyer Do?

Probate is a court supervised process after one dies that “closes” the estate of the decedent.  The Kelley Law Firm administers probate and trust accounts for clients and their heirs, so that the process is as smooth as possible during what may be an emotional or confusing time.

We provide these and other probate services:

  • Identification of assets
  • Gathering assets
  • Paying taxes
  • Paying or negotiating other claims to the estate
  • Managing the expenses of administration
  • Distributing assets to beneficiaries

If you find that there is an unfortunate necessity to litigate, we are experienced in helping clients resolve issues in court, too.

How Can I Avoid Probate?

The Florida Probate Code is found in Chapters 731 through 735 of the Florida Statutes.

There are two types of probate administration under Florida law: formal administration and summary administration, but there is also a non-court supervised administration proceeding called "Disposition of Personal Property Without Administration."

The Kelley Law Firm can advise on how you might take advantage of this aspect of Florida probate law, too.

Our firm also helps clients by administering trust accounts.  Trusts are set up during the formation of a will or separately, if the decedent hoped to benefit his or her heirs while still alive, and can avoid probate court. 

Trusts are sometimes subject to conditions placed on them by the decedent, though, and our attorneys can help administer the trust as it transitions from living trust status and ensure that conditions of the trust are fulfilled under Florida law. 

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Contact our firm for help with probate and trust administration.

Call 1 954-563-1400 to prepare wills and trusts in Fort Lauderdale.

 

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