What Is Probate?

At the Stuart, Florida, office of Jordan Fields, P.A., our attorneys have helped individuals and families across Florida with all aspects of the probate process. It is important for our clients to get answers to their questions, including "what is probate" and how the probate process may be avoided.

Probate Is...

Probate is the process in which a deceased person's assets pass on to his or her heirs. Although probate is generally an orderly process, many people want to take steps to avoid passing their assets through probate. There are a number of steps you can take if you want your assets to be passed on to your heirs without going through probate.

There are many ways to pass assets to your intended beneficiaries without having to go through probate. It is possible to place all of your assets in a revocable trust. There are other ways to avoid probate, such as payable on death accounts. These accounts are also referred to as transfer on death accounts or in trust for accounts. Establishing joint ownership can at least postpone the probate process. We can advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of various probate avoidance strategies.

Guidance For Personal Representatives

If you have been named the personal representative of an estate, you must perform a number of duties, such as

  • Determining which assets are part of the estate
  • Locating creditors
  • Paying creditors and any unpaid taxes
  • Distributing assets to heirs

An attorney is almost always necessary to ensure that these duties are accomplished. I have represented numerous personal representatives. I know where to look and what questions to ask. I will gather the information you need and help you fulfill your obligations.

Contact Our Lawyers To Discuss How To Probate An Estate

Call locally at 772-600-4203 or toll free at 888-340-4073 to get in touch with our office. We can also be reached through our online contact form. We offer reasonable rates and are a member of the AARP Legal Services Network.