Probate / Guardianship

Providing Compassionate Legal Guidance During Difficult Times

After one of your loved ones passes away, you might have to appear in probate court – especially if you named or appointed as a personal representative. Probate court is the venue in which a decedent’s estate is settled; final taxes and debts are paid off and beneficiaries receive assets. Depending on the size of your loved one’s estate, the entire court process could take up to a year or more, with many twists and turns along the way. 

For many reasons, it is always advisable to consult with an attorney experienced in probate matters. 

Another practice area of ours that often intersects with probate and estate planning is guardianship issues. In a guardianship proceeding (occurring in circuit courts), someone becomes authorized to make certain decisions for a minor or individual deemed incapacitated. 

If you become a guardian, you could have duties ranging from managing the ward’s property to directing living situations and medical care of the ward (incapacitated individual). Guardianship proceedings are often complex and need the help of an established Florida law firm to help you navigate the process.

For competent and effective legal assistance with probate and guardianship issues, reach out to our firm soon to discuss your options.