Probate

Probate Attorney and Probate Administration Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and beyond.

Welcome.  It is often asked why assets have to go through probate and why they can’t just belong to the probate attorney tampaperson who is entitled to them. It is important to note that no one is entitled to a decedent’s property until it goes through the procedure which the State of Florida has set forth to protect not only the decedent’s, beneficiaries and valid creditors. It certainly would not be appropriate or fair just to leave all the creditors without any remedy if they are valid and just creditors. The Florida probate procedure protects everyone and must be adhered to for the beneficiaries to get their inheritance free of claims.

Florida Probate administration is a court process. There are three types of probate in Florida: formal, summary and ancillary. In Probate, assets are collected (assets are real estate or personal property), creditors are paid and beneficiaries receive whatever remains. The existence of a Will does not eliminate the need for probate.

Florida probate law requires executors of estates with property in the state to use a probate attorney to administer the estate. The Law Firm of Diane Zuckerman can provide you with understanding and economical guidance. Our probate attorney assists executors (called “personal representatives in Florida) for probate administration throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties including Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.