Seasoned Florida Lawyers Probate Wills Efficiently
Orlando firm offers exceptional support for all estate matters
Gathering the assets of someone who has died and distributing them according to instructions left in a will can be a complicated and expensive process. At Gierach and Gierach, P.A. in Orlando, we advise local residents and clients throughout the country on Florida probate matters. Whether the estate in question is relatively straightforward or involves extensive holdings, we will handle each task as efficiently as possible so that you do not waste time or expense. Since 1974, our firm has worked to enforce the final instructions of decedents and overcome potential problems such as beneficiary disputes.
Attorneys help transfer testators’ property in a professional manner
Various methods exist to settle a Florida estate. Our skillful lawyers can advise you on your options and the steps you need to take:
- Initiating the process — When someone dies, a family member or the nominated personal representative must file the will with the court. Once the judge confirms that the will is valid, he will review the fitness of the person designated as personal representative and appoint that individual or someone else to that position.
- Summary administration — This method of estate resolution can be used if the decedent died with less than $75,000 in total assets. A petitioner rather than a personal representative allocates the property with little court oversight. Due to the informality of the procedure, it might only take a few weeks to complete.
- Full probate administration — Most estates are settled by this procedure, which is mandatory for Florida estates of at least $75,000 where the testator died within the past two years. We will guide you through necessary tasks such as publishing notices to creditors, reviewing claims against the estate, gathering assets and overseeing the final distribution. If no claims are filed and no complications arise, the estate can be closed relatively quickly. Usually, the probate process takes at least six months.
Starting with a free initial consultation, we will examine your situation and explain how Florida probate law applies.
Dedicated advocates assist with ancillary probate for out-of-state decedents
Many out-of-staters own real estate in Florida, but no matter where their official residence might be, their property is subject to Florida probate law when they die. Our seasoned attorneys handle this process, known as ancillary probate, for clients from outside the state. We guide individuals through the transfer of ownership and handle local tasks such as updating title to the land. Whether you are an executor, administrator or beneficiary in an ancillary probate matter, we will protect your interests.
Contact an accomplished Orlando probate lawyer for a free initial consultation
Gierach and Gierach, P.A. handles all types of probate on behalf of our clients in Orlando, Winter Park, and throughout Orange County, Florida. If a loved one has passed and you'd like advice on settling the estate with or without a will, please call 407-545-5744 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our Orlando office.