In Florida, probate courts oversee the administration of individual estates after death. This oversight process is called probate.
When someone dies, whether with or without a Will, there often exists estate matters that need to be addressed, such as transferring title to property and completing tax forms. Probate is the process courts use to transfer the legal title of property owned by the decedent, the person who passed away, to heirs or beneficiaries.
If the estate contains property outside of Florida, it may be necessary to open an ancillary administration to distribute that property. An ancillary administration is a separate legal proceeding that is required in the state where the property is located.
If someone owing you money has died, you may have a creditor’s claim in probate court. It is imperative that your claim is in the correct court such that proper notice is given to the personal representative regarding your claim. There is a time limit to make a claim so it is important to speak to an attorney right away to file your claim.
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