After a person dies, ownership (the legal title) of his or her property, assets and personal effects must be passed on (legally transferred) to the beneficiaries (heirs) listed in the Will. “Probate” is the legal name given to this process. It is the process by which the decedent’s property and assets are gathered and accounted; debts, creditors and estate taxes are paid, and how the remaining property and assets are distributed to the beneficiaries.
If there is a Will, the Will must be verified as the valid, final dispositive statement of the decedent (the official record of the deceased person’s final wishes). The Will names the person or institution (“personal representative”) appointed to manage the probate process.
If a person passes without a will, the “intestacy” laws of the State of Florida will control how the person’s assets will pass.
Our firm handles both probate administration, as well as probate litigation.