Do all estates have to go through probate in Florida?

In 2, Common Florida Probate Questions by Long

No. Estate assets only require administration if they are “stuck” or “terminate” in the name of the decedent. For example, John owned a bank account titled in his name alone. He did not designate a payable-on-death (POD) beneficiary on the account. When he died, this account terminated in John’s name. It would likely need to go through probate to be …

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Letters of Administration – Do you really need them?!

In Florida Probate Tips by Long

I can’t say this enough: There are many situations where you do not need letters of administration. Many. Yes, the bank or customer service agent you are talking to says you do…but they are just reading from a policy manual or a list of predefined answers. They are not probate lawyers. They aren’t always right. That’s what the legal department …

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How to Avoid Losing an Inheritance to a Florida Medicaid Claim

In Florida Probate Tips by Long

Probate in Florida requires that any probate administration for a decedent who was 55 years or older must include specific notice to the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) whether or not the heirs are aware of a potential Medicaid claim. Medicaid claims are considered to be “Class 3” claims which essentially means, they have very high priority and must …

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Real Estate Agents: A Primer on Florida Probate Property

In Real Estate by Long

Download a PDF optimized copy of this article here. Off the top of my head, real estate assets make up about 75% of the estates we handle. With over 600 probate cases under our belt, that’s roughly 450 real estate transfers throughout the State of Florida. Many of these properties are either sold during probate administration or shortly after the …