Probate Lawyers in Tampa
Helping You Successfully Divide Estate Assets
Probate is the legal process of dividing estate assets of a recently deceased family member. Depending on certain factors, you may have an easier time completing this process than others. For example, if the recently deceased, implemented an estate plan before passing away, the probate court will use this as a guide for property distribution. However, if they passed away without an estate plan, the court will use it’s own discretion for distribution. Regardless of your situation, a Tampa probate lawyer can help you complete this action. An attorney with experience in this area knows exactly what the court will do with estates and help you ensure assets go to family and friends.
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Probate administration is the efficient management of the recently deceased’s property. To begin this process, you must file the will with the probate court. If there are no objections to the contents of this document, the judge will name the executor, order all debts paid, and distribute the remaining assets to the assigned beneficiaries.
If there is no will, or the document does not include all estate assets, the judge determines how and to whom estate assets are distributed.
The probate process includes:
- Appointing an executor (if none are named in the will)
- Identify and notify beneficiaries, creditors, heirs, and the public
- Property appraisal: the executor inventories all property to determine estate value. If the estate ends up lacking funds to pay creditors, any named beneficiaries may not receive their assets
- Pay all debts and distribute assets
If a party contests the will or believes certain estate assets should go to them, the probate process becomes contested and it may be subject to a litigated hearing. With a Tampa probate lawyer by your side, you can be assured they will provide professional advocacy and will aggressively litigate for your interests.
Common probate litigation issues include, but are not limited to:
- Challenges to will validity
- Challenges to the wording of trusts and wills
- Challenges over whether a guardian should be appointed to an individual who has no power of attorney
- Challenges to the moral character of executors who beneficiaries believe will distribute assets for personal gain
Sibling rivalry, second marriages, and dysfunctional families make the probate process a challenge, especially when everyone believes they are entitled to the same assets. When this occurs, you must provide the probate court with clear evidence and examples that illustrate the validity of your claims. The court will ultimately determine how assets should be distributed and will usually rule in favor of the scenario that seems the most probable.
Let Our Attorney Help You Through Probate
Probate can be legally complicated and emotionally challenging, it’s important you have an attorney by your side who can help you effectively complete this process. Devolder Law Firm has the knowledge and experience to help you make probate decisions that are in your best interests.
Call our office at (813) 773-8233 or complete our online contact form to speak with one of our Tampa probate lawyers.
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