Tallahassee, Quincy, Crawfordville and Monticello Wills & Estates Lawyer
At the Law Office of Eric, I provide comprehensive probate representation. With nearly 40 years of experience as an attorney, I understand Florida's unique probate laws. I pursue effective and efficient resolutions for my clients.
I am a dedicated Tallahassee probate lawyer. I will handle every facet of your situation personally to ensure that every guideline is addressed correctly. I am committed to protecting your rights at every stage of your case.
You can pursue the faster, less expensive Summary Administrative process if the estate is valued at $75,000 or less (excluding exempt property) and there are no debts. Summary administration does not calculate the decedent's home when determining the value of the estate as a person's homestead is exempt property under Florida law.
For estates valued at more than $75,000 a Formal Administrative process must be followed. This process includes:
- Appointing a personal representative
- Documenting the estate's inventory
- Notifying creditors
- Paying claims
- Distributing assets
It is important to consult with a qualified lawyer to determine exempt property and ensure asset distribution is handled correctly. If assets are distributed prematurely, you and other heirs could suffer serious financial consequences. The law places responsibility with beneficiaries to pay creditors. If debts are not addressed and handled properly, you could face a lawsuit.
I provide extensive, comprehensive representation. My probate practice includes:
- Wills. It is important that everyone have a Will. It does not matter if you have few or many assets. I will discuss your goals and draft an appropriate Will.
- Living Wills. These Wills address your directives for artificially extending your life. They also designate a person to carry out your wishes if you are unable to provide consent.
- Durable Power of Attorney. This document authorizes a friend or relative to handle your financial obligations in the event you become incapacitated.