Handling Florida probate paperwork can be a daunting task. Below, we will explain what documents you need for Florida probate and how to prepare and file them.

Understanding Florida Probate Paperwork

Various documents are required to initiate and complete the probate process in Florida. These include:

  • The original will of the deceased person, if there is one. This is a legal document that expresses the wishes of the deceased person regarding the distribution of their property and the appointment of their personal representative.
  • The death certificate of the deceased person. This is a document that records the date, time, place, and cause of death of a person. You can obtain a certified copy of the death certificate from the Florida Department of Health or the county where the death occurred.
  • The petition for administration. This document requests the court to open a probate case and appoint a personal representative for the estate.
  • The letters of administration. These documents grant the personal representative the authority to act on behalf of the estate.
  • The notice to creditors. This document informs the creditors of the estate that they have a certain period of time (usually three months) to file their claims against the estate.
  • The inventory of the estate. This document lists the assets and liabilities of the estate. It must be filed with the court and served to the interested parties within 60 days of the issuance of the letters of administration.
  • The accounting of the estate. This document shows the income and expenses of the estate. It must be filed with the court and served to the interested parties at least annually and at the end of the probate process.
  • The petition for discharge. This document requests the court to close the probate case and release the personal representative from their duties. It must include a final accounting of the estate and a plan of distribution of the remaining assets to the heirs or beneficiaries.

These are some of the most common and essential documents that you need to file during Florida probate. However, depending on the circumstances of your case, you may need to file additional or different documents and forms. 

For example, if the estate is small and meets certain criteria, you may qualify for simplified probate procedures, such as summary administration or disposition without administration, both of which require less paperwork.

Handling Florida Probate Paperwork

Handling paperwork during probate can be challenging and tedious, especially if you are not familiar with the legal terms and requirements. 

You need to make sure to:

  • Fill out the correct forms, 
  • Provide accurate and complete information, 
  • Attach the necessary documents, 
  • Pay the appropriate fees, and 
  • File and serve the paperwork in a timely manner. 

Any mistake or omission can cause delays, disputes, or penalties.

To avoid any problems or complications, it is advisable to work with an experienced and qualified probate attorney who can help you by:

  • Reviewing the will of the deceased person, if there is one.
  • Determining the type and value of the estate and the applicable probate procedure.
  • Preparing and filing the petition for administration.
  • Obtaining the letters of administration and the death certificate of the deceased person.
  • Publishing and mailing the notice to creditors and handling the claims against the estate.
  • Preparing and filing the inventory and the accounting of the estate.
  • Distributing the assets of the estate to the heirs or beneficiaries according to the will or the law, if there is no will.
  • Preparing and filing the petition for discharge and closing the probate case.

By hiring a probate attorney, you can save time, money, and stress, and ensure that the required paperwork is filed correctly and on time.

Jurado & Associates, P.A., Can Help You With Your Florida Probate Paperwork

If you are looking for a reliable and reputable law firm to help you with your Florida probate documents, look no further than Jurado & Associates, P.A. 

We are a team of dedicated and experienced probate attorneys who have the knowledge and skills to handle any probate matter, no matter how complex.

We understand that losing a loved one is a difficult and emotional experience and that dealing with probate can be overwhelming and confusing. That is why we are here to help you with every step of the Florida probate process, from start to finish. We will take care of all the legal aspects of probate so that you can focus on your family and your grief.

If you need help with Florida probate, do not hesitate to contact us today. You can reach us by phone at (305) 921-0976, by email at [email protected], or by WhatsApp at +1 (305) 921-0976.