Central Florida Probate & Trust Administration Attorney

Did you lose someone close to you and feel lost about what to do next?

Let us guide you through the probate process and help you find financial peace after your loss.

What is probate and when do you need it?

If you’re on this page, you may have recently lost a loved one. First, we’re really sorry you’re going through this loss.

We want to help make things easier during this tough time by explaining how Florida probate works. It’s a process for passing on someone’s things after they’re gone, making sure everything goes to the right people, whether there’s a will or not.

Probate can be hard on families—it can take a lot of time, cost a lot of money, and anyone can see what’s happening. But planning ahead can help avoid some of these problems.

Our team is here to help you through this. We want to take care of the hard stuff so you can focus on what’s truly important.

The Florida Probate Process in 4 steps

If you haven’t ever had a friend or family member go through probate, you may be wondering how it all works.

Here’s a simplified version of how probate works in Florida:

1. Getting started

If you left a will, the person you chose as your executor needs to submit it to the court. If there wasn't a will, the court picks someone to handle things.

2. What you owned

The executor lists everything you owned, like property and money, and also any debts. Sometimes, they might need to find out how much these things are worth.

3. Paying debts

This is when people you owed money to can ask to be paid back. Your executor might have to sell some things you owned to pay them and any taxes owed.

4. Distribution

After paying off debts, your executor distributes whatever is left to the people named in the will. If there’s no will, the state of Florida decides who gets what.

Probate can be a long and emotional process. If there are disputes, it can take years for your family to get the money they need – even for things like funeral expenses.

The best way to avoid these problems is to plan ahead. But if you’re dealing with probate now, getting help can make things smoother, faster, and less costly.

You don’t have to figure this out on your own. With the right support, you can make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, avoid any fights, and make sure your family gets what you want them to have.

de Jesus law group is here to give you that peace of mind. 

We aren’t currently taking new probate cases. We’d be happy to refer you to an attorney who can help.
Call us at (833) 358-7878 to begin today.

Will Aunt Sally need probate?

Consider this…

Think of Aunt Sally, that kind-hearted, fun-loving aunt of yours who cherished her summers at her beloved lake house. You’ve got great memories there with her, enjoying the peaceful surroundings.

Aunt Sally knew how much that house meant to you, so she decided to leave it to you in her will. When you find out, you’re overwhelmed with emotions. The house, filled with laughter and memories, could be yours.

You might be asking yourself, “Is the lake house really mine now? Can I start sorting through Aunt Sally’s belongings? Maybe give the place a fresh coat of paint?

But there’s an important step you need to go through before the house officially becomes yours – probate.

Even with Aunt Sally’s wishes clearly stated in her will, the law requires a formal process to confirm the will’s validity and to transfer the property to you.

And if Aunt Sally left behind any debts, they need to be settled during the probate process before any property is distributed.

What if Aunt Sally had made other plans, like creating a living trust for the lake house or adding a joint owner?

Then, those assets might skip the probate process entirely.

The passing of a loved one brings both emotional and legal challenges. But remember, you’re not going through this alone. Whatever part of the process you’re in, we’re here to support you. 

We aren’t currently taking new probate cases. We’d be happy to refer you to an attorney who can help. Reach out to de Jesus Law Group at (833) 358-7878 to begin today.

What Is Trust Administration?

When someone who set up a trust passes away, trust administration steps in to manage and distribute the trust’s assets.

The goal of trust administration is to ensure that the wishes outlined in your trust are carried out correctly. It’s important to have a lawyer represent your trustee to protect them from any legal issues.

Lawyers also handle notifying beneficiaries and obtaining their consent to prevent any potential problems in the future.

Unlike probate, trust administration doesn’t involve court oversight, making it a more private, quicker, and often less expensive process.

Probate can be a long and exhausting journey.

Our goal is to make the probate process as smooth and stress-free as we can. With the right estate plan in place, it’s even possible to skip probate altogether!

However, if you’re already at the stage where probate is unavoidable, we’re here to support you through these challenging times.

Our goal is to save you time, reduce conflict, and minimize frustration.

We are dedicated to navigating you through the process, striving to make it as straightforward for you as possible.

Don’t wait on these time-sensitive issues.

We aren’t currently taking new probate cases. We’d be happy to refer you to an attorney who can help.
Call us at (833) 358-7878 to begin today.

Here are 3 simple ways to avoid probate in Florida:

Want to bypass probate? It’s definitely achievable!

Consider these strategies:

Choose a Trust-Based Estate Plan

Instead of relying solely on a will, consider setting up a trust. Assets placed in a trust can be distributed to your loved ones as per your instructions, without the need for probate.

Keep Beneficiary Designations Updated

Regularly review and update the beneficiaries listed on your retirement accounts, life insurance policies, and annuities. This ensures that these assets are directly passed on to your chosen beneficiaries, bypassing probate.

Use Payable-on-Death (POD) accounts

Certain accounts and assets, such as bank accounts, investments, and vehicles, can have designated payable-on-death (POD) or transfer-on-death (TOD) beneficiaries. By specifying individuals to receive these assets, you can avoid probate entirely.

You don't have to handle this on your own.

It’s okay to reach out for help.

Dealing with the probate process can feel overwhelming, even when everything seems to be going smoothly. But don’t worry, you’ll be in good hands with our team.

No matter how big or complex your estate might be, de Jesus Law group is here to help you just like we would our own family.

We aren’t currently taking new probate cases. We’d be happy to refer you to an attorney who can help. Call us at (833) 358-7878 to begin today.

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