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The loss of a loved one is always difficult, and if a loved one has not effectively established their estate plan, it can cause their assets to have to go through probate. Probate is a legal proceeding in which the Court oversees the distribution of a decedent’s assets. If a person dies with a will, then the Court makes sure that the personal representative complies with the terms of the will.  The Court also ensures the assets are  distributed as the decedent indicated in the will. If a person dies without a will, the Court makes sure the personal representative distributes the assets according to Florida Statutes.  A personal representative is what other states call the executor – we have to be different here in Florida.  It can be a difficult time for the loved ones when someone passes away. 

At Generations of Trust, we strive to make the probate process as easy as possible on both the personal representative and the beneficiaries. The attorneys will review the situation and determine if an abbreviated probate proceeding is possible, or if a formal probate proceeding is needed.  We will also assist in the following:

* preparing all documents for filing with the Court

* locating and contacting beneficiaries of the estate

* locating and transferring assets to the estate

* publishing to creditors

* sending out notices to potential creditors

* ensuring taxes have been filed and paid

* prepare accountings, distribution of the property

* any other responsibilities that may be needed.

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