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Port St. Lucie Probate Attorney
Probate refers to the time after a death where the terms of a will are to be followed. If proper estate planning took place, and if probate is done right, then beneficiaries inherit assets free from future claims or litigation. When there are will contests, however, then probate can enter a grinding litigation process. Either way, you would benefit from proven legal help.
Why hire a probate lawyer from Crary Buchanan?
- We have lawyers rated AV Preeminent® for their ethical conduct
- Our firm has delivered trustworthy counsel since 1927
- Our team includes a Board Certified Specialist in wills, trusts & estates
There is a reason that the majority of probate cases involve an attorney. Probate is rarely a smooth process. It is painstaking and complicated. In this vital procedure, you deserve skilled representation.
Need a skilled Port St. Lucie probate lawyer? Call (888) 899-8161 now!
How long does probate last in Port St. Lucie, Florida?
The Florida probate process typically takes anywhere from 6 to 12 months for most nontaxable estates, and an attorney who is experienced in these cases can help to speed up this process. Without a qualified legal professional on your side, however, this process can take several years. For example, large estates cannot be closed until the IRS signs off on an estate tax return, and this is known to take around two years.
Choosing the Personal Representative
After someone passes away, creditors will actually be notified first. Then an executor will be named. If there is a valid will, the person who is named in the will is to be appointed the personal representative.
Someone can be ineligible to serve as an executor if:
- They are not a family member and
- They live out of state, OR
- They are a convicted felon
If there is no will, then the personal representative will be selected by hierarchy, starting with the surviving spouse and moving to a person selected by a majority of interest of the heirs. Any creditor or beneficiary of an estate has the legal right to file for probate, but it is usually the personal representative who initiates the probate process.
Knowledgeable Counsel for the Florida Probate Process
Want to learn how you can prepare or file for probate? At Crary Buchanan, we can skillfully guide you through every step of this sensitive, complicated process, even if you have to enter probate litigation.
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