How To Prepare For Florida Probate Court

August 16, 2021

When a loved one passes away, the last thing you want to deal with is a complicated legal matter. Unfortunately, that is what many Florida residents will face. This is because all of the assets which were owned by the deceased loved one (collectively called their estate) need to be evaluated and distributed to the appropriate next of kin.

If your loved one engaged in Estate Planning prior to their death, they may have various legal tools in place to help make the probate process faster and easier. This could include things like a Last Will and Testament and/or legal Trusts. In the end, anyone who is receiving an inheritance will likely need to go through probate court, so it is good to be prepared.

Know Your Role

One of the most important things to do before going to probate court is to know what role you have. If you have been named the executor of the estate, for example, you will be responsible for identifying and caring for the assets during the probate process (among other things.) If you are a potential heir, you will need to be there to learn about your inheritance and ensure everything goes according to the wishes of the deceased.

Gather Relevant Documents

If you have any relevant documents that may be needed in probate, it is a good idea to gather them as soon as possible. These documents may include things like bank account information, deeds to property, and business ownership paperwork. Any debts or assets that your loved one had at the time of their death will need to be accounted for.

Be Prepared for Disputes

Disputes in probate court are not nearly as common as they are made out to be on television. However, they can happen. Depending on the situation, disputes could cause the probate process to drag on for years. Having all legal documents available and being able to make the wishes of your loved one clearly known is the best way to deal with disputes or avoid them all together.

Hire a Florida Probate Lawyer

In the end, it is almost always worth it to hire an experienced Florida probate lawyer to represent your interests. They will not only ensure your rights are protected, but can also handle all the paperwork and other tasks that need to be completed. Having someone who knows what they are doing at your side will reduce stress and anxiety and allow you to focus on your loved ones during this difficult time. Contact Schlegal Livingston, LLC to discuss your needs and get the help you need right away!