Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, P.A
PROBATE & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION
Handling an estate or trust is a complicated process that can be overwhelming to anyone who is not familiar with the procedure. Acting as a fiduciary for an estate or trust can be burdensome, particularly if the duty is thrust upon a person after the death of a loved one. At Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, P.A, our team has decades of experience providing assistance to both individual and corporate fiduciaries in administering estates and trusts.
We can help fiduciaries with every aspect of the administration process, including:
• Court accountings
• Transfer of stocks, bonds, and accounts
• Estate tax returns (federal and state)
• Fiduciary income tax returns (federal and state)
• Disclaims and other post-mortem tax planning
• Representation in tax planning
• Administration of Qualified Terminable Interest Property (QTIPs)
To assist our clients during what is often a difficult time, our firm offers a choice of four tiers of billing rates for our clients. We offer support across all areas of the process, with our skillful advice derived from years of navigating probate and estate administration matters.
OVERWHELMED AS THE EXECUTOR OF A WILL?
FLORIDA PROBATE AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION
Probate is the process of administering a will through the judicial process after a person’s death. It involves validating the will, paying debtors, and distributing assets in accordance with the will. In Florida, probate is required if the person was domiciled in the state or owned property in the state at the time of his or her death. A personal representative is appointed to manage and administer the estate; this person then has a fiduciary duty to probate the will properly.
Probate can be a lengthy and complicated procedure, especially for large estates or those estates with many different types of assets. It requires complying with court deadlines, conducting an inventory of assets, paying estate taxes, and managing and preserving the estate appropriately. At Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, P.A, we are skilled in probating wills and administering estates on behalf of our clients. Our goal is to make sure the process is handled in a smooth and efficient manner. We can assist individuals and families through this process, from gathering tax information to identifying assets and creditors as well as properly distributing assets. Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, P.A will draft the required probate documents and will shepherd executors through the probate process. Our ultimate goal is to make sure that the executor complies with his or her legal and fiduciary duties and that the estate is probated appropriately in accordance with Florida law. We strive to handle all aspects in an expeditious and timely manner. Our guidance at Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, P.A can help to avoid disputes and litigation over the terms of an estate.
Our attorneys also assist clients in administering trusts, helping them to formulate plans to ensure that they are meeting their legal, financial and ethical obligations as a fiduciary. We are committed to ensuring that our clients understand their duties as a trustee and that they have a plan for meeting these obligations in a timely and efficient manner. We work collaboratively with our fiduciary clients to analyze the financial, legal and tax issues of a particular trust and counsel them throughout the administration process to help them meet their responsibilities.