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If you leave your estate to your loved ones using a will, everything you own will pass through probate. Probate or estate administration is where the assets of the deceased are managed and distributed through the court. The process is often expensive, time-consuming and open to the public.
For an experienced and knowledgeable probate or guardianship lawyer in the Merritt Island area, look no further than The Law Office of Brian W. Hurd. Call 321-453-5007, or contact us by e-mail to schedule your initial consultation.
The length of time needed to complete the probate of an estate depends on the size and complexity of the estate and schedule of the probate court. Generally, there are two types of probate:
- Summary administration - If the estate is less than $75,000 and there is a will, there is little court involvement – the judge makes a distribution plan and the assets are distributed according to the will in a few months' time.
- Formal administration - Is for estates that have no will or are in excess of $75,000. In these situations, the court will appoint a personal representative to handle the distribution. This takes approximately 6 months.
We represent clients in Merritt Island and throughout central Florida in probate matters, as well as people who live in other states such as New York and New Jersey. Many of our clients have parents or other family members who owned property in Florida. When their loved ones passed away, they leave property in the state that must be settled through Florida's probate process. We can help things run smoothly, using extensive local experience to handle probate for non-Florida residents.