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Understanding the Florida Probate Process

Probate is a court-supervised process during which the assets of a deceased person are identified and distributed to creditors and beneficiaries. In most cases, the probate process will go as follows: assets are gathered and identified; creditors are paid; and the remainder of assets are distributed among beneficiaries. How assets will be distributed may be dictated by a will, or if a person dies without a will, based on Florida intestacy laws.

Navigating probate can be complex, particularly during the already emotional time following the loss of a loved one. At Cardillo, Keith & Bonaquist, our Naples probate administration lawyers are here to guide and support you, while ensuring your rights are protected and proceedings are attended to as needed. We have been serving clients across Southwest Florida for over 40 years and can use this experience to make the probate administration process as smooth as possible for you and your family.

To discuss probate administration with one of our skilled lawyers, call (239) 774-2229.

Why Is Probate Necessary?

Probate is necessary when someone dies with (testate) or without (intestate) a will. It is the legal process required to pass ownership of property from a deceased person to his or her beneficiaries. Even if your loved one passed on and left a Last Will and Testament, this must be admitted to probate court and verified as valid for it to take effect. If your loved one passed on without a will, the probate court will distribute assets based on state law.

In Florida, probate administration involves the following:

  • If a will is submitted, it is reviewed to ensure its validity.
  • Assets and property are gathered and evaluated.
  • Any disputes regarding property or assets are resolved.
  • All debts, claims, and taxes are paid. Remaining assets are transferred or distributed among beneficiaries.

Whether your loved one passed with or without a will, our Naples probate attorneys can guide you through the probate administration process with skill and competence. Call (239) 307-0443 today.