Florida Probate For Out-Of-State Residents

Florida is a popular destination for people from the Midwest, the Northeast and elsewhere to visit during the cold, dreary winter months in their home states. In fact, many of these individuals own property in Florida that they use as their home for half of the year.

Taking Care of Issues in Florida on Your Behalf

Probate is the process by which a court validates a person's will and supervises the collection and distribution of estate assets. The key takeaway for out-of-state residents is that all assets must go through the probate process in the state where they are physically located. For example, a deceased New York resident who owns a house in Florida will need his or her representative to initiate the probate process in both states.

What Services Do I Provide?

I can provide probate administration services in two ways:

  • I can work with your out-of-state attorney as his or her main point of contact in Florida. I will complete all necessary steps in Florida while he or she takes the will through the probate process in a decedent's home state.
  • I can represent the Executor or Personal Representative, which I can usually accomplish without the need for my clients to travel to Florida.

Regardless of your preference, I will work quickly to settle your loved one's estate by:

  • Filing all necessary paperwork and documentation with the appropriate authorities.
  • Inventorying and valuing all property located in Florida.
  • Notifying creditors of the estate.
  • Distributing assets according to the decedent's will.
  • Formally closing the estate process in Florida.

Questions? Call a Probate Attorney Today

I am happy to discuss any questions you might have about the probate process and the services I provide during an initial phone consultation. Please call my office today at 239-434-5922. You may also contact my Collier County law office online.