Probate Administration

Probate is the legal procedure by which a person’s debts are paid and assets are distributed upon their death.  The law refers to the entity that “owns” the assets of the deceased until distributed as the “estate”.  Estate administration includes both the probate process and the non-probate transfers of the deceased assets.  This process generally includes the collection and valuation of the assets of the decedent, the liquidation of those assets, the payment of required taxes and liabilities, and the ultimate distribution of property to the heirs.  Florida state laws direct the probate court as to how to distribute the deceased’s estate.

Attorney Ronald P. Hansen understands that the loss of a loved one is an emotionally trying time for any family.  If the family has recently lost a loved one, Ronald P. Hansen can help the family manage the financial and legal aspects of Probate Administration and assist the family with the settlement and distribution of the Estate.

More specifically, probate attorney Ronald P. Hansen can help a family who has lost a loved one navigate through the probate process in the following ways:

  • File a petition to appoint a personal representative
  • Collect and value the assets and debts of the estate
  • Notify creditors and other interested parties of the probate action
  • Counsel personal representatives concerning the actions they must take to complete their responsibilities
  • Pay outstanding debts and taxes
  • Distribute the remainder of the estate assets according to the deceased’s wishes
  • Apply for a federal tax identification number for an estate or trust
  • Conclude all estate matters and file all necessary papers with the court

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