Probate & Trust Administration in Florida
Fort Myers Probate Professionals
Trustees and Personal Administrators
Have you been selected to administer the trust or estate of a late loved one? Serving as a personal administrator or trustee can be a difficult task, especially if you are grieving the loss of a family member. Our estate planning counselors at The Dorcey Law Firm are prepared to assist you with your administration duties and can help make the process less stressful. With experience assisting thousands of families, our firm’s knowledgeable Fort Myers probate lawyer is dedicated to our clients’ best interests, understands the Florida probate process, and can walk you through it step by step. Request a probate and trust consultation today.
In order to serve as a personal representative, you must be either blood related to the deceased person, referred to as the decedent, or a Florida resident. Additionally you must be 18 years or older with no felony convictions. If you are administering an estate in Fort Myers as a resident of another state, our Fort Myers probate lawyer can assist you with our out-of-state representation services. The Dorcey Law Firm also assists beneficiaries who believe that the personal representative of a late loved one’s estate is abusing the position for their own benefit or to withhold inheritance. If this applies to you, our probate professionals can help you through the process of removal or appointment of executors.
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The Probate Process and Distribution of Assets: Let a Lee County Legal Expert Assist You!
Probate involves determining the validity of a will as well as the administration of an estate, including handling and distributing the decedent’s assets to the beneficiaries. The assets must be used to pay taxes, creditors and the personal representative before they are distributed to the heirs. The way the assets are distributed depends largely on the presence of a valid will. A will can select heirs as well as their inheritance with few restrictions. If there is no valid will, then Florida intestate laws will determine the beneficiaries, which may include a surviving spouse, children or parents, and what percentage of the estate they will receive.
The Benefits of Hiring a Fort Myers Probate Lawyer
Because our legal team focuses on specific areas of the law, our lawyers are prepared to handle a variety of your probate and estate planning matters. Whether you are a trustee, personal representative or beneficiary, we are prepared to protect your rights and fight for your best interests. As members of the Florida Bar Association, our firm’s probate professionals can skillfully handle your Fort Myers affairs whether you are a Florida resident or live out of state.
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