Probate and Estate Planning Attorney in Pensacola, FL
Probate is the court-supervised process by which assets of a deceased person are identified and gathered to be used for paying the decedent's debts and distributing the remaining balance to the heirs of the estate. Our firm can handle all types of probate administration matters. In Florida, there are two primary forms of probate regardless of whether the decedent executed a will prior to death. A summary administration, also known as small estate administration, has the ability to quickly transfer the assets of the decedent to the appropriate heirs of the estate. To qualify for this type of estate the decedent's assets must either have a value of less than $75,000 (not including the value of the decedent's homestead) or the decedent has been dead for more than two years. If summary administration is not available, the formal administration process is required by the probate court. Florida law requires that a personal representative in a formal administration be represented by a qualified probate attorney. We understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one; however we have almost two decades of experience delicately handling many types of probate estates.
There are few legal documents as important as a will. Additionally a power of attorney and/or a living will can have a dramatic and lasting impact on you and your family. Careless or improper preparation of these documents can cause many problems; therefore it is vital that you seek council of an attorney experienced in this area of practice. We offer a free consultation to discuss the appropriate estate plan for you and your family.