What Is the Duration of the Probate Process in Florida?

Florida probate is a court-supervised process for distributing a deceased person's assets.

The process typically takes about 6-months-to-2-years, but it can take longer if the estate is complex or if there are disputes among the heirs. It is also important to keep in mind that COVID-19 has also caused significant delays.

In Florida, the probate process begins with the filing of a petition with the local probate court. The petitioner must submit a copy of the death certificate and a list of the deceased person's assets and debts.

The court will then appoint a personal representative to oversee the administration of the estate. Once the personal representative has been appointed, he or she will notify the deceased person's creditors and begin gathering assets and paying debts.

After all debts have been paid, the remaining assets will be distributed to the heirs according to Florida law. If you have questions about Florida probate, you should consult with an experienced probate attorney in your area.

If you need probate services, please book a meeting with an attorney.

  • Published: Apr 14, 2024
  • Updated: Dec 26, 2023

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