Q: My mom died 15 yrs ago. Fltreasurehunt shows an account. No probate was opened. Do we need one now?
A: The Bureau of Unclaimed Property (who administers Fl Treasure Hunt) may have a threshhold amount (possibly as high as 10k) before probate is required. Call ahead and find out if probate would be absolutely required. Otherwise, you'd likely need probate.
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A: You should try to contact them and complete the paperwork and see if you can make the claim by just completing the provided forms, in many instances you can. If there is more to the situation or other assets need to be addressed (like title to a property and such) then a different solution may be necessary. If the sum is substantial, you could be forced to get a Florida Probate Attorney in order to file a Summary Administration in order to claim the money.
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