Probate is a necessary court-supervised process for identifying and gathering the assets of a deceased person (decedent), paying the decedent’s debts, and distributing the decedent’s assets to his or her beneficiaries.
Probate is necessary vehicle to pass ownership of the decedent’s probate assets to the decedent’s beneficiaries. If the decedent left a valid will, unless the will is admitted to probate in the court, it will be ineffective to pass ownership of probate assets to the decedent’s beneficiaries. If the decedent had no will, probate is necessary to pass ownership of the decedent’s probate assets to those persons who are to receive them under Florida law.
Probate is also necessary to wind up the decedent’s financial affairs after his or her death. Administration of the decedent’s estate ensures that the decedent’s creditors are paid if certain procedures are correctly followed.
At Kramer & Golden, P.A., we make the probate process as simple and effective as possible for our clients. Our vast experience in the probate process allows our clients – whether in their capacity as Personal Representative to an estate, or merely a beneficiary – as headache-free as possible.
Our probate and estate administration services are full service: we take care of the filing of all necessary petitions and supplemental documents to open the estate, the notification and satisfaction of the decedent’s creditors, if any, the collection and eventual dispersal of estate assets, any possible litigation the estate may be involved in, and the final accounting, releases, and petitions to discharge the Personal Representative to close out the estate.
During this process, our knowledge and experience in this arena is often used as an asset to our clients: We advise our clients on the best way to preserve and protect estate assets, counsel our clients on any tax issues or ramifications that may arise during the probate process, as well as help them plan for the future.
Our law firm also represents clients in probate litigation, from a range of matters including (but not limited to):
- Will contests
- Trust litigation
- Breach of fiduciary duty or malfeasance by executors, trustees, and administrators
- Personal Representative or trustee removal
- Asset recovery