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Pembroke Pines Estate Planning Attorney Explains Probate

Probate is a court process designed to ensure that a decedent's assets are distributed to the deceased's loved ones if the deceased has a will or to the deceased's "heirs at law" if the deceased does not have a will. In a probate proceeding, the court supervises the administration and distribution of the assets and makes sure that all creditors are paid before distributions to beneficiaries can be made. The court will also determine whether a will is valid and then oversee to ensure that the will maker's intent is carried out. In other words, to ensure that the assets are gathered up, that the just debts are paid and the balance is distributed to the will beneficiaries / heirs.

When a person dies without a will (intestate), the laws of Florida dictate who will benefit from the decedent's estate. Many people have a misconception that if they do not have a will, then the state will get their money and property. That is not the case. The laws that apply to decedents assets when there is no will generally require that the assets are to be distributed to the decedent's closest relatives such as parents, spouses and children. The cost of probating an estate varies according to the size and complexity of the estate, the efficiency of the will planning, and whether there will be a will contest or contested creditor claims filed during the course of the probate process.

Let a Pembroke Pines Probate Attorney Guide You Through the Process

While probate is not the horror that many portray it to be, it can become an expensive and long, drawn-out process. Therefore, it is equally important to consider estate planning such as a living trust while you are still alive and well in order to avoid the need for probate upon your death. As a Pembroke Pines probate lawyer, I can help you achieve your probate needs and goals.

Questions about probate? Read the Probate FAQ page to learn more and then contact my office for a consultation.

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Law Office of Steven Friedman - Pembroke Pines Estate Planning Attorney
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