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Estate Administration in Miami

Probate Attorney Serving Coral Gables

Estate administration is the second step of the probate process. After the administrator or executor has been appointed and approved by the Floridian court, the administrator or executor is in charge of administering the estate. This can be a lengthy process, and if a step is completed incorrectly, the process may be deferred for months. The normal timeframe of the administration process is anywhere from a few months to a year, depending on the type of estates and assets involved.

If any family issues or conflicts arise, this may also delay the probate process. An experienced lawyer may be able to help the executor or administrator during the entire administration process. If you have been named a personal representative for a loved one, contact Miami Probate Lawyer Susan E. Durre.

Duties of the Personal Representative

The personal representative must notify the appropriate parties of said person's death. This includes creditors, beneficiaries, and anyone else who has an interest in the person's estate. A notice of administration is usually published in a newspaper in order to notify the necessary parties. The administrator must then collect the assets, and inventory the items that need to be recorded. This list of assets needs to be filed within 60 days of the administration notice.

If the decedent left any debts, the personal representative is responsible for paying such debts before dividing the estate to the listed beneficiaries. Assets and properties might have to be sold in order to pay off debts, taxes, and any other outstanding fines. The final step of the administration process is dividing the estate according to the decedent's will. If a person dies without a will, it is known as dying intestate. The probate court in the county in which the decedent resided in will appoint a personal representative to settle the estate, and who will receive certain assets and property.

How My Firm Can Help

I have the ability to help you and your family during the entire estate administration process. It can be easy to make a mistake while administering an estate, which is why it is ideal to hire an experienced probate lawyer. Do not risk prolonging probate and the administration process.

Contact me as soon as you lose a loved one, in order to see how I may be able to help. I serve clients in Miami, Coral Gables, and the surrounding areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a personal representative, and what are they responsible for? A personal representative is a person you choose and declare in your will to administer your estate. They are responsible for the entire estate administration process, which includes filing tax returns, paying off debts, and distributing your property according to your will. It is a huge responsibility, and the person you choose as an executor must understand what is involved in the estate administration process.
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