Coral Springs Probate Attorney Eases the Distribution of Estate Assets
Respected Florida lawyer guides executors and beneficiaries through the process
Taking the property that someone has accumulated over a lifetime and legally shifting ownership to recipients named in the decedent’s will or mandated by Florida’s intestacy law can be a long, arduous process. Skillful legal guidance on probate matters helps estate representatives fulfill their legal duties in a manner that maximizes efficiency and minimizes the likelihood of costly errors. For both formal administration and summary administration proceedings, you can rely on my Coral Spring firm, Abby L. Steinberg, PA, to deliver sound advice on all types of probate tasks. Serving Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties as well other locations in the state, I help estate representatives and prospective heirs understand the relevant law and take effective action.
Skillful advocate handles each aspect of estate administration
If the total value of property that goes through probate is less than $75,000, an estate might be eligible for settlement through the summary administration process. Otherwise, formal administration is used, which requires more court involvement. Drawing on more than three decades of estate administration experience, I create a thorough, personalized strategy for probating an estate, assisting with a wide array of tasks, such as:
- Filing the will — No matter what probate process is used, the will must be filed in court. At that point, if an executor is named in the will, he or she is appointed as personal representative for the estate.
- Notifying designated heirs — By issuing letters of administration, the court gives the personal representative legal authority to act for the estate. My firm can help locate heirs listed in the will and individuals or businesses that must be contacted in order to move ownership of property from the decedent to the estate.
- Maintaining inventory and bank account records — A bank account for the estate needs to be opened and meticulous documentation must record every asset that goes into, or out of, the estate. This can be difficult, especially for those without experience in accounting or finance, but my firm is ready to manage this crucial task.
- Paying estate taxes and other expenses — Probate often lasts for a period of at least six months and can run much longer. During that period, I make sure that executors are aware of tax obligations and other estate expenses that must be paid.
- Distributing estate assets to heirs — Once all of the deceased individual’s assets are brought into the estate, the court can approve allocation of those items to the rightful heirs. When all the receipts from beneficiaries are in, I submit them so that the estate can be closed.
It’s important to remember that some assets do not pass through probate, such as the funds from jointly held accounts, life insurance proceeds and property that was placed into a living trust as part of the decedent’s estate plan.
Knowledgeable adviser assists people dealing with probate disputes
After a death, emotions often run high and resolving estate issues can revive tensions that might have existed within families for a long time. A probate dispute that drags on can slow the distribution of assets and reduce the value of the estate. It doesn’t matter if you’re a personal representative or someone challenging how the terms of a will are being executed. Through detailed analysis of the relevant documents and a thorough understanding of the law, I’ll help you understand what your options are and work to achieve a prompt resolution that honors the decedent’s true intentions.
Contact an effective South Florida probate lawyer to schedule a free consultation
Abby L. Steinberg, PA represents estate representatives and potential beneficiaries in probate matters throughout Florida. My office in Coral Springs is easily accessible to clients in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. To schedule a free initial consultation, please call 954-607-6802 or contact me online.