At Your Side During The Legally Complex Process Of Probate
The death of a family member is a challenging time made more difficult by the prospect of probating an estate. Probate is the process of taking inventory of a decedent’s assets, paying debtors and distributing what is left to beneficiaries according to the directions left in the will. If no will exists, then the estate is probated according to Florida intestate laws.
At Vollrath Law, we help central Florida residents probate estates irrespective of whether a will exists. From small estates to those with more complex business interests and assets in multiple jurisdictions, we provide the results for our clients. The probate process can take more than one form:
- Summary administration is a shortcut for estates with assets valued at $75,000 or less. The court does not appoint a personal representative or executor. Instead, it issues an order releasing the property to the rightful beneficiaries.
- Formal administration is required for most estates over $75,000. The court appoints a personal representative who gathers and inventories assets, pays debts and taxes, and distributes the remainder to the appropriate beneficiaries.
Have You Been Named A Personal Representative?
Estate administration lawyer Stephanie Vollrath represents those named personal representatives in the probate proceeding. The founder of our firm also represents heirs who want to challenge the personal representative who is unable or unwilling to fulfill his/her duties.
Our practice includes not only estate planning, but also probate administration and probate litigation. Comprehensive services at a single location provide Florida residents with the option of retaining a single attorney and firm.