J. Kelly Kennedy, Attorney/CPA, PLLC

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Even a simple estate can involve estate administration questions

The idea of administering an estate may seem straightforward enough. When a person dies, their personal representative, or executor, accounts for all of the assets, satisfies any outstanding debts and then distributes the remaining assets to the decedent's beneficiaries. While that is the basic idea of estate administration, various estate complexities can make the process much more involved and very demanding for the executor.

For example, if the decedent left assets like an ownership stake in a small business, or commercial real estate holdings, the executor may quickly become overwhelmed with trying to properly administer the estate. Even when a deceased person's estate only involves common assets like a home, bank accounts and some personal property, the executor can quickly get in over their head when it comes to filing appropriate tax documents and properly notifying any creditors to the estate.

Because of the complexities that can arise during estate administration, Florida law requires the executor of an estate to retain legal counsel for the probate process. But in addition to satisfying state law, getting the help of an attorney can be crucial because if an executor makes a mistake while administering the estate, the beneficiaries or creditors may try to hold that person accountable by suing them.

Attorney J. Kelly Kennedy is experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to helping executors fulfill their duties to the estate's creditors, its beneficiaries and to the State of Florida. Our firm can help ensure that the executor is aware of all relevant legal issues, and will handle the estate administration process in a way that complies with all applicable laws.

Our website has background information about J. Kelly Kennedy and how we go about helping each client with their unique legal issues. Administering an estate is no simple task, but experienced legal guidance can make the process go as smoothly as possible.

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