Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, P.A
We invite you to learn more about our Florida probate law services below. Contact Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, P.A for a free initial phone consultation and for additional information about how we can help you or your loved one. Our probate attorneys offer probate law services throughout Florida.
Probate After a Death
Failure to effectively plan can often result in the necessity of the probate court, following a death. However, this is not always the case. Depending on the assets involved and the value of those assets, there may be other options. Florida law allows for smaller estates and certain assets to pass outside of the court’s oversight, sometimes alleviating the need for a probate case to be opened at all.
Guardianship is a legal process for adults who have a significant medical impairment and are unable to make or communicate effective decisions about their everyday care, health, and safety. In such a case, the Florida probate court can appoint a Guardian to make some or all personal decisions on behalf of the individual. A guardianship protects the adult’s rights and independence and can be limited to areas where the adult’s ability is impaired.
A conservator is a person appointed by the probate court to oversee and manage the money and property of an adult who is financially incapable. A serious medical diagnosis, such as Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injury, bi-polar disorder, or Down syndrome, may require the appointment of a conservator. A conservator can also be appointed for a minor child (under the age of 18) or someone who suffers from addiction.