What is probate?
Probate is a judicial process to preserve estate assets, collect them, pay bills and distribute property owned at your death according to your wishes (if you left a valid will), all under the supervision of the Probate Court.
What is a Personal Representative?
The person named in your will and appointed by the Probate Court in Letters of Administration to oversee the administration of your estate, pay bills and distribute your estate to your heirs. If you do not leave a will, the Probate Court will appoint someone as the Personal Representative.
What if I die without a will?
Then your estate is referred to as “intestate” and Florida law specifies who receives your estate and how it will be apportioned to your heirs.
Does the Personal Representative have to retain an attorney?
Yes, unless there is a sole heir, Florida law requires that an attorney be retained because the process is spelled out in the statutes, is complicated and requires special knowledge and experience.