Longwood Florida Probate Lawyers
Affordable Probate Solutions for Seminole County – Call (321) 972-2445
Probate is a process that handles a person’s final legal and financial affairs, following their death. Under the terms of the Florida Probate Code (§ 731-733 FL Rev. Stat.), the estate of a person who has passed away must go through the probate process, unless other direct forms of transfer are in place at the time of death. It is often a long and complex process that can be stressful for the deceased’s family and loved ones.
At the Law Offices of Brett D. Bevis, our Longwood probate attorneys help our clients with every step of the probate process, from avoiding probate to litigating the outcome.
Why Choose Our Probate Law Firm?
- 20+ Years of Experience
- Affordable Solutions Tailored to Your Goals
- Five-Star Reviews from Past Clients
- Available Weekends & After Hours by Appointment
To retain a skilled Longwood probate lawyer, call us today at (321) 972-2445 or contact us online.
Guidance for Personal Representatives in Probate
While you are not legally obligated to hire a lawyer, it is always recommended in order to ensure the probate process is handled properly. Our firm has represented many personal representatives over the years throughout Seminole County and nearby areas in Central Florida. We are here to help you understand and fulfill your obligations.
The duties you may be responsible for include:
- Identifying and gathering the assets
- Locating creditors and paying debts
- Paying all taxes owed
- Distributing assets to beneficiaries
Is Probate Required for all Florida Estates?
Not all estates and assets are required to go through the probate process in Florida. Probate is only necessary if the decedent had assets in their name and passed away without a will or trust to instruct asset distribution. Even if an estate must go through probate, some assets of the estate can be transferred through other means.
How Can You Avoid Probate in Florida?
Assets can bypass the probate process if they are transferred through:
- Joint ownership with right of survivorship, often through marriage
- Beneficiary designations on bank accounts
- An existing living trust
Life insurance policies and retirement accounts also typically avoid the probate process.
Let Us Handle Your Complex Probate Situation
Starting the probate process after your loved one has passed away can be confusing and overwhelming. You may not know who to turn to or how to handle the various responsibilities being handed to you.
Our Longwood probate lawyers can work with you to simplify the process. At Bevis Law, we’re committed to keeping you informed every step of the way to give you total peace of mind. Whether you have questions about avoiding probate or how to approach your role during probate administration, we can help.
To learn more about your legal options, call us today at (321) 972-2445 and schedule an appointment with a Longwood probate lawyer.