Probate is the procedure by which wills or other trust documents are filed in court and the assets of someone that has died are transferred to friends or loved ones.
The Probate Process
After the death of a family member or loved one, those left behind will be faced with the challenging tasks of making sure the financial and legal affairs of the deceased are resolved promptly and professionally. At WeidnerLaw we take a very personal approach to each of our cases and work with family members to address both the legal and personal aspects of probate. We offer evening and weekend appointments and will make sure that all family members receive the support and direction they need from our probate lawyer.
How Long will the probate take?
One of the most common questions we answer in dealing with probate cases is, "How Long Will Probate Take?" The Answer to that questions is, "It Depends...", but at WeidnerLaw we know how important it is to move quickly so we work with clients and with the court to make sure we move the case along as quickly as possible.
As a general rule, the probate process will take a minimum of three months due to the requirement of publication to creditors, but when other issues develop, the process can take longer.
What we promise at WeidnerLaw is we will work with you every step of the way to make sure you are properly advised.
Probate: How much will it cost?
Another critical question in any probate case is understanding how much it will cost. Like the question, "How Long Will It Take?", the question, "How Much Will It Cost?" depends on what kinds of issues develop while the case progresses. Florida Law provides the general guidelines that the judge and a probate lawyer will follow, as incorporated in Florida Statute Chapter 733.6171
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