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Lawyers for Estate Administration in Broward County, Florida

Probate and estate administration is the process of gathering and distributing the assets of a decedent. There are many types of probate depending on the size of the estate and whether a will was used or the estate must pass through intestate probate. In some cases, the decedent may have both probate and non-probate estate property, such as a trust that is exempt from the process. The Florida probate process can be difficult to navigate and filled with legal technicalities.

The estate administration services offered by the Law Office of Miller & Miller, P.A. can ease the burden on you and your family and allow you to focus on the personal side of a loved one's death. Our firm is experienced in guiding families through the probate and estate administration processes.

Oakland Park Attorneys for Intestate Probate

Intestate probate is the term for when a decedent left no will, so the state must step in and determine to who he would most likely have left his estate property. Florida law favors surviving spouses and descendants to inherit intestate property, followed by surviving parents and siblings. Intestate probate can be complicated and leaves the decedent no say, but is easily avoided through estate planning.

Lawyers in Wilton Manors for Full Probate

When there is a will in place, the assistance of a skilled lawyer may still be needed to navigate through full probate. Formal probate is the most common type in Florida. A personal representative, who serves as a fiduciary, is appointed and the entirety of the probate estate property is counted. Beneficiaries are notified, debts and tax liabilities are settled, and the estate property is eventually distributed. The process can take months or years.

The attorneys at the Law Office of Miller & Miller, P.A. understand the probate process and how to successfully administer an estate in the smoothest and most timely way possible. Especially in high-value estates involving stock transfers or other complex assets, administering the estate may take an attorney's skill.

Understanding Summary Administration

Summary administration is a streamlined form of probate for smaller estates containing less than $75,000 of property that must pass through probate. It can also be used if the decedent has been deceased for at least two years. Rather than appointing a personal representative, the court reviews the estate and releases property to the appropriate heirs. If this form of probate is an option for you, our attorneys may be able to guide you through it in a much shorter timeframe than is needed for formal probate.

Oakland Park Attorneys for Administering Non-Probate Assets

Some estate assets are not subject to probate. This includes any assets that are contained in a trust, including dynasty trusts or minors' trusts. Business assets that are governed by a succession plan may not be subject to probate. Residential real estate that is jointly owned as well as joint bank accounts and retirement accounts may also be excluded. Law Office of Miller & Miller, P.A. will assist you in determining which estate assets will need to pass through probate and which can be excluded.

Contact a South Florida Probate and Estate Administration Attorney

If you are facing probate, or need assistance with administering non-probate property, the Law Office of Miller & Miller, P.A. has the experience necessary to tackle any legal challenge that may arise. Contact us at 954-981-9301 to schedule a free consultation. We serve clients throughout Broward County in Oakland Park, Wilton Manors, Pompano Beach, and Fort Lauderdale.

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