If you have been named as the executor or personal representative of a loved one's estate, there are a few things you should know. Firstly, if your loved one lived or owned property in the state, you will likely have to go through the Florida probate process to transfer ownership to a beneficiary or heir. Secondly, you may have to go through Florida probate even if the bulk of your relative's estate (such as a second home) was in another state. Thirdly, you should know that there is an easier way to complete the closing of the estate than to try to do it yourself—especially at a time when you need to grieve the loss of your family member.
Why Choose Us to Handle Your Probate Case
The Probate Law Firm was created to make it as easy as possible for people nationwide to get legal help after a loved one's passing. Whether your loved one's estate is simple or complex, we want you to put everything on us so you can focus on the things that matter. Contact us today to set up a free strategy session.
If you are considering hiring an attorney to assist with Florida probate, our law firm may be a good fit for you if:
- You don't want to travel. Whether you live in another state or are a Florida resident, we are specially equipped to handle probate without the need for an in-person meeting. Everything we do, from consultations to document signing, is done telephonically or online.
- You want to be informed but not overwhelmed. Attorney Justin Stivers is thoroughly familiar with Florida's probate and inheritance laws, allowing him to handle the legal side on your behalf. We provide direct answers to your questions and regular updates throughout the process, giving you peace of mind that your loved one's wishes will be followed.
- You want stress-free probate. It’s vital that all information provided to the court is complete and accurate. If there are errors or missing documents, the probate process can be delayed significantly or even lead to litigation. You can trust our firm to identify potential problems and resolve them quickly, doing everything we can to protect your family's future.
The Probate Law Firm begins all probate cases the same way: with a free initial consultation to learn about our clients and their needs. We meet with you by phone or video chat for 60 minutes, getting to the heart of the problems you are having and understanding your biggest concerns in order to resolve them.
After this first strategy session, we will:
- Send you an easy-to-follow checklist. We prepare a checklist of what relatives must do after a person passes away to prepare for the probate.
- Create a customized action plan. This explains what the probate process involves for your loved one's holdings and the various steps needed to close the estate.
- Send you an engagement letter. Our engagement letter clearly outlines all of our duties, what to expect from us throughout the process, and the cost of our services. The letter is sent securely online and can be signed and returned electronically. If payment is upfront, you will receive an electronic invoice and can pay online.
- Send your questionnaire. We will send you a questionnaire to fill out regarding the specifics of your loved one's holdings, as well as names and addresses of all heirs and interested parties.
- Prepare your documents. Our firm will prepare an initial round of documents, which typically takes up to 10 days to complete. We then send them to you electronically to be signed.
- File with the probate court. Once your documents are complete and signed, we will file them with the court to begin probate.
- Keep you updated. As your legal representative, we handle any potential problems with your case and issue regular updates via telephone and email. We are highly responsive to calls and encourage you to let us know if there is any way we can help to relieve the strain you are under.
- Oversee the closing of the estate. We will notify you when probate is complete so that you and your family members can sell property and receive inheritances according to the law.