Winter Haven Estate Administration Attorney

Probate is the court-supervised process by which a deceased person's assets are gathered, creditors are paid and the remaining assets are distributed to beneficiaries. In Florida, probate typically occurs in the circuit court in the county where the decedent lived.

The probate process is generally initiated by the person who is named in the decedent's will as the personal representative (This role is commonly referred to as an executor in many states). If there is no will, Florida law states that a decedent's spouse may serve as the personal representative. If there is no spouse or if the spouse is unable to serve as the personal representative, the beneficiaries will select one of those named as a beneficiary to serve as the personal representative.

Some Florida residents have designated a personal representative for their estate who lives in another state. We are able to lead out-of-state personal representatives through the probate process, often with only one face-to-face meeting.

In Florida, personal representatives must retain legal counsel for the probate process. Since personal representatives are held liable for their actions during the administration of probate, legal representation provides important protection to ensure you follow the rules of the Probate Court.

At J. Kelly Kennedy, Attorney/CPA, PLLC, in Winter Haven, Florida, we provide comprehensive probate guidance to personal representatives to ensure they are appropriately fulfilling their duties and in compliance with all Florida probate laws.

Our clients are assured of working directly with Mr. Kennedy from the initial meeting to the resolution of the probate or estate administration process.

If you have been named a personal representative of an estate and would like professional help with the probate process, call our knowledgeable probate lawyer at 863-877-4723 or email us to schedule a consultation. We can review your probate or estate administration matter and provide a straightforward assessment of what to expect base upon experience and common sense.