Miami, FL asked in Probate for Florida

Q: My Dad recently passed away he appointed me as his personal representative l live in Florida. Do I need probate atty

My siblings and I agree on everything

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Gregory Herman-Giddens
Gregory Herman-Giddens
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  • Probate Lawyer
  • Naples, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: I'm sorry for you loss. Most likely, as Florida requires that personal representatives hire an attorney. The only reason you would not need one is if all assets go directly to beneficiaries, such as through beneficiary designation for life insurance and retirement accounts.

Andy Wayne Williamson
Andy Wayne Williamson
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  • Probate Lawyer
  • Santa Rosa Beach, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Sorry for your loss. Just not enough facts to say if probate is required or not. Best suggestion is to consult with a probate attorney in your area to determine if probate is required and go from there.

Good luck,

Lauren Nagel Richardson
Lauren Nagel Richardson
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  • Probate Lawyer
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Please accept my sincerest condolences on your loss. Our office handles uncontested probate estates throughout the state of Florida, and we are happy to talk with you on the phone for a free 15 minute consultation. If the siblings are in agreement and there are no disputes, then you can hire a probate attorney anywhere in Florida, not just in the local area where your father resided. Attorney fees vary widely, so it is worth contacting several attorneys to find out what they would charge. During the consultation, we can help you determine whether there needs to be a probate estate, whether it is a small estate that may qualify for summary administration, or if it is an estate that would require formal administration and the appointment of a personal representative. We would also explain the process and the fees and costs involved.

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