MUST READ: Letters of Administration (LOA’s) are court orders. They are issued as PART of a FORMAL ADMINISTRATION of the estate (Probate) The court clerk will not simply give you an LOA. The only way to receive LOA’s is to start formal administration. The court will issue the LOA’s after a completely probate pleadings/petitions package is submitted by your attorney. … Read More
Florida Probate Question of the Day: Do I have to immediately share copies of the Will with the family? Answer: No, at least not directly. State law requires that you “deposit the Will for safekeeping” with the clerk of courts within 10 days of learning that the decedent has died.
You’ve got the original Last Will and Testament and it declares you as the Personal Representative (or Executor, Administrator). You were the “chosen one”, right? It says that so it must be so! Right? Wrong. When a person drafts a Will, they are nominating someone to act as Personal Representative (PR), Executor or Administrator of the estate. Until a probate … Read More
Florida Probate Question of the Day: My mom, thankfully still alive at age 85, has informed my sister and I that under the terms of her will, we split everything 50-50. There are no other heirs. Mom’s greatest asset is her house, which she owns free and clear (no mortgage). If my sister and I won’t consent to sell it, … Read More
This coming October will mark the 5th year that we have been intensely focused on Florida Probate Law. In these past five years, I have personally handled several hundred (maybe north of 1000) free consultations to people faced with the possibility of probate. Not everyone hires my firm, but many of them have still seriously been rewarded by talking to … Read More