Q: I'm trying to get some information on what I need to do to access my father's estate/finances without a written will.
A: You will have to open a probate case in the local circuit court, Call the Clerk's office and ask for assistance.
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A: I am very sorry for your loss of your dad, please accept my condolences for you and your family. You will want and probably need to contact a Florida Probate Attorney, based on the type of assets and their overall value that have to be probated will determine the type of probate, if any, that will be required. Generally, any assets in your dad's name alone that do not have some sort of pay on death or joint ownership or other transfer designation attached to them will need to be probated. In most instances a probate court/judge will end up require you to have a probate attorney. If there is no will, then the Florida Intestate Statutes (without a Will) are going to be applied, this generally means the assets will go to the surviving spouse and or children based on the circumstances. Once you provide additional details to a probate attorney, they will be able to more precisely advise you on what steps you may want or need to take.
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