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Basics of Florida Probate Law

Learn the basics of  probate.

Purpose of Florida probate, inheritance laws & avoiding probate.

Letters of Administration

How to get Letters of Administration.

When are Letters of Administration really needed? Learn about Formal Administration.

Summary Administration

Learn about this abbreviated form of Probate.

When to use Summary Administration? What to watch out for.


Talk to a Florida Probate Attorney

We offer truly free consultations to help you determine if probate is really necessary or if alternative solutions are available.

We will clearly outline your options in plain English and what it may cost, but there's no obligation whatsoever. Reach out and get the information you need. There is no sales pitch.

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Get answers from an experienced probate attorney. *Consultations by phone are completely free.

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Instant Download: “Understanding Florida Probate Law”

Florida Probate Guide

In addition to setting up your free phone consultation, you’ll also receive a free copy to our popular ebook, “Understanding Florida Probate Law”

(Downloaded over 10,000 times since 2008)

Inside you’ll learn more about:

  • Types of probate
  • Real world probate scenarios
  • When not to probate

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What is Florida Probate?

  1. Florida Probate administration is a court process for distributing a person’s assets after they die.
  2. Typical assets that go through probate: real estate or titled/documented personal property
  3. Assets are collected, creditors are paid and beneficiaries receive whatever remains.
  4. There are 2 types of probate: Summary & Formal Administration
  5. Even if a person has a Will, probate may still be necessary (A Will does not avoid probate.)
  6. In Florida, “Personal Representatives” are in charge of probating the estate and arealmost always required to have an attorney. These attorneys handle nearly all of the probate court work.
  7. Most cases are filed electronically with telephone hearings, so neither you nor your attorney have to be present in the county handling the case.

How to Begin Florida Probate Administration

There are many initial and deliberate steps to starting a probate administration, including:
  1. Take an initial inventory of all assets (Don’t forget to check for a safe deposit box)
  2. Determine which assets are subject to probate (from assets that pass outside of probate)
  3. Secure assets to avoid problems prior and during administration
  4. Determine all known creditors and balances due
  5. Assess which form of probate is most suitable given the conclusions of items 1 and 2 (Summary or Formal Administration)
  6. Draft petition requesting probate administration
  7. Secure signatures from all interested parties consenting to administration
  8. Send notice to all parties who might otherwise have an interest in administration
  9. Draft and prepare all proposed orders for the probate court’s consideration
  10. File a comprehensive probate petition package with all supporting documentation
  11. Submit proposed orders (each county has local rules about submission of proposed orders)
  12. Prepare notices to creditors for publication and direct notification
  13. Await court response (summary orders or orders appointing personal representative w/letters of administration)

Types of Probate Property

Real Property:

  • Homestead (Residence)
  • Second home
  • Rental property
  • Vacation home
  • Timeshare
  • Vacant land

About LD Legal, LLC

Florida Probate Attorney

LD Legal, LLC  is a law firm devoted to probate and estate administration matters throughout the state of Florida. We were honored to receive our sixth straight AVVO Clients’ Choice Award for Florida Probate Law. For nearly 13 years, clients from all over the country and overseas have trusted us with inheritance & probate matters.

Founded by Long H. Duong, Esq. (last name prounced “Young”) in 2005, the firm is truly committed to a positive and transparent client experience in an area of law that many people find frustrating.

Florida Probate Law often can be confusing and cumbersome – sprinkled with tricky details invisible to the untrained eye. Even the “simplest” of probates can become complicated if executed poorly. Without proper knowledge or guidance, you could be wasting precious time and money. We want to help you avoid all of that.

Yes, there is an overwhelming amount of information online about how to probate in Florida, but none of it is as valuable as a chat with an actual Florida probate attorney. We have posted some resources on our blog to help you get started, but more than anything, we would love to speak with you directly to discuss your case.

Learn more about how we work on a Florida probate administration case.

Address & Phones

LD Legal, LLC
11 NW 33 Ct
Gainesville, FL 32607
tel: (352) 371-2670 | (877) 937-7628
fax: (866) 440-9154

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