How to Probate and Settle an Estate in Florida

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This practical guide to the probate process in Florida incorporates the most recent changes in the state's probate and estate administration laws. It is divided into three main sections&#151Family Administration, Formal Administration, and Summary Administration. The emphasis is on Family Administration, a simplified settlement procedure for estates of less than $60,000.

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Overview

This practical guide to the probate process in Florida incorporates the most recent changes in the state's probate and estate administration laws. It is divided into three main sections&#151Family Administration, Formal Administration, and Summary Administration. The emphasis is on Family Administration, a simplified settlement procedure for estates of less than $60,000.

New probate forms for all areas of administration are included in this edition. Florida probate statutes, including recent changes, practical checklists, and an extensive glossary make this new edition a valuable resource for anyone handling probate in the state of Florida.

Includes:
Rights of heirs and beneficiaries
Steps of the probate process
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572483545
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Using Self-Help Law Books vii
Introduction xi
Chapter 1 An Overview of Probate 1
When Probate Is Necessary
Different Probate Procedures
Types of Ownership of Property
Property Subject to Probate
Representing the Estate
Estate and Inheritance Taxes
Nonresident Decedent
Filing Fees
Execution of Documents
Length of Probate
Simple Probate
Using an Attorney
Finding an Attorney
Other Things to Do
Chapter 2 Formal Administration 13
The Probate Process
Petition for Administration with Will
Notice of Petition for Administration with Will
Oath of Personal Representative
Designation of Resident Agent
Oath of Witness
Commission
Lost or Misplaced Will
Death Certificate
Filing Fees
Bond
Order Admitting Will to Probate and Appointing Personal Representative
Letters of Administration
Notice of Administration
Notice to Creditors
When Debts Exceed Assets
Administering the Estate
IRS Form SS-4
Inventory
Inventory and Exempt Property
Homestead
Spouse's Share
Preliminary Notice and Report
Adversary Proceedings
Order of Payment
Unclaimed Property
(Final) Accounting of Personal Representative and Petition for Discharge
Receipt of Beneficiaries
Order of Discharge
Tax Returns
Chapter 3 Small Estate Summary Administration 41
Oath of Witness
Commission
The Petition
Death Certificate
Filing Fees
Order of Summary Administration
Preliminary Notice and Report
Notice to Creditors
Converting from Formal Administration to Summary Administration
Chapter 4 Disposition of Personal Property without Administration 49
Income Tax Refunds
Glossary 53
Appendix A Florida Statutes 59
Appendix B Florida Probate Rules 103
Appendix C Florida Probate Checklists 121
Appendix D Blank Forms 125
Index 201
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