Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, P.A
Probate Lawyer for Probate Estates
Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, P.A, Florida probate lawyer provides comprehensive probate Court, probate estate administration and decedent’s estates services to clients in Florida and surrounding areas. Whether you’re planning ahead for your own passing, or administering the estate of a loved one upon their death, you can count on Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, P.A probate lawyer to help you navigate the probate court process.
The Purpose of Probate Estates
In Florida, the purpose of the probate court is to accomplish the following main objectives.
• Account for All of the Decedent’s Assets
• Account for All of the Decedent’s Debts
• Pay all of Decedent’s Debts
• Distribute the Remaining Assets to the Decedent’s Heirs
• Appoint Guardians for All Minor Children
• Rights of Surviving Spouse
The surviving spouse of a decedent, is entitled to certain property and has specific rights that he or she may enforce. Surviving Spouses have the right to elect to take whatever the Decedent’s Will provides, or elect to take whatever they would have received if they died without having a Will. Another right that FLorida law affords to surviving spouses, is the right to keep the personal residence, referred to as the Mansion House. Additionally, surviving spouses are permitted to keep 2 vehicles of the decedent.
If you are a surviving spouse and your wife or husband passed away, you should contact us immediately to speak with a probate lawyer and ensure that you receive everything to which you are entitled.
Who are the Beneficiaries of the Estate
The Decedent’s Will should identify the beneficiaries of the estate. If the Decedent didn’t have a Will, then the Statute of Descent and Distribution controls who the heirs are and what they are entitled to.