Through probate, a deceased person's debts are settled and assets are distributed to his or her beneficiaries. The deceased person's financial affairs are also wrapped up through specific court procedures. In Florida, a personal representative is appointed to manage the probate of the estate. This person may obtain a lawyer to advise him or her throughout the legal process.
My name is H. Frank Winn Jr. and I am an experienced attorney based in Pensacola. I have been practicing law since 1968. The past 15 years of my career have been dedicated primarily to helping clients with estate planning, probate and estate administration. Personal representatives, beneficiaries and other involved parties can turn to me for skilled guidance and legal counsel during probate proceedings.
Navigating You Through Estate Administration And Probate
The distribution of assets is often called estate administration. This process typically happens in one of two ways:
- Testate - Deceased person left a will and ownership of assets will pass to beneficiaries in accordance with his or her wishes.
- Intestate — No valid will exists, so assets will pass to those who are to receive them according to Florida law.
No matter what the circumstances, I will work diligently to help you settle the estate as accurately, effectively and efficiently as possible. This includes the process of gathering, valuing and safeguarding assets, notifying and settling with creditors, filing tax returns, distributing probate assets to beneficiaries and closing the estate.
Call me at 850-462-3189 or send an online message using the contact form on this website. Initial consultations are free.