Probate Administration

When It Comes to Florida Probate, Our Attorneys Truly Care About Our Clients

Probate is the legal process by which a person’s assets are distributed after death. To the fullest extent possible, it is a good idea to attempt to minimize what has to go through a legal probate process. This can be done using estate planning tools like trusts, wills, or other vehicles.

If a person dies with a valid will, the estate is considered testate, and a personal representative (executor) is named to attend to the resolution of the estate. If a person dies without a will (intestate), the Court will appoint a personal representative in accordance with Florida statute. Regardless of whether or not a will is involved, the assets of the deceased must be determined and any debts against them settled.

While there are many things that can be done to minimize the probate process, it is often something that people have to go through when a loved one dies. This can be a complicated process when there is a paucity of records and information left by the decedent or when there are competing claims on the part of creditors. At the law office of Luis E Barreto & Associates, P.A., we advise and represent estate executors, as well as family members interested in contesting a will. We understand the financial and legal issues involved and can often save clients time and money in settling an estate through probate.

Our firm can advise the personal representative and provide probate services throughout all steps of the probate process, including:

  • Filing a petition to name a personal representative
  • Marshalling and valuing the assets and debts of the estate
  • Notifying creditors and other interested parties of the probate action
  • Counseling personal representatives on the actions they must take to fulfill their fiduciary duty
  • Payment of outstanding debts and tax obligations
  • Distribution of the remaining estate assets according to the wishes of the decedent
  • Applying for federal tax ID number for an estate or trust
  • Wrapping up the estate and filing all necessary papers with the Court

Efficient and Cost-Effective Probate Services

A delay in the probate process can consume both time and money. At Luis E. Barreto & Associates, P.A., our experience allows us to avoid most probate problems before they happen. We utilize the latest technology to automate many of the calculations of the probate process and to produce accurate results in an efficient manner.

Luis E. Barreto & Associates, P.A. has handled numerous probate actions in South Florida. We provide efficient and cost-effective services for estates of any size. For more information regarding our probate administration practice, contact our office today to schedule an appointment to discuss your case free of charge [LINK to “Contact Us” page].

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