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Do You Need a Probate Attorney?

There's a deafening silence after the departure of a loved one. It starts from paying funeral expenses and then taking care of the business affairs. In virtually all situations if there are assets, money or real estate you will need a Probate Lawyer. Even when an estate lawyer is not required by law, formal administration has so many technical rules and pitfalls that it can be very complex and frustrating for anyone to navigate without the assistance of a professional attorney.

Simply stated, Probate is required to transfer the title of all assets not held in joint name, particularly with regard to higher value assets like real estate. Many people think you can just record a Will. These days, title insurance underwriters will not recognize a recorded will as sufficient to convey title.

If you're worried that you can't locate an heir, the Estate can still go through Probate. State law has a useful provision under a formal probate administration which

allows the Personal Representative (known as an Executor in some states) to deposit the share of the missing heir into the registry of the court after the real estate and other assets have been sold.

States have various ways to process Probate depending on the size of the Estate. Very small estates without real estate may qualify for “Summary Administration,” which is a faster and cheaper form of probate administration. In Florida, because its homestead definition allows unlimited value, some estates with very expensive homestead property, but little else can qualify for summary administration if the deceased passed more than two years ago.

If you live in Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Florida, or anywhere near our other locations, reach out today to schedule a free phone consultation so you can gain peace of mind for your Probate proceedings.

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There's no need to spend time handling difficult legal matters. Jonathan H. Parker and Parker & Maloney, P.A., resolve legal matters as quickly as possible. Participate as much or as little as you wish.

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People trust Jonathan H. Parker and Parker & Maloney, P.A., to provide legal advice and solutions at rates to save you money. They offer fee structures in advance and in writing so there are no surprises.

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Your Peace of Mind

Most people don’t ever handle an estate. Your peace of mind is most important. Jonathan H. Parker and Parker & Maloney, P.A., work to ensure you have no worries. He handled his first estate in 1988.

Protecting What Matters Most

Your time is valuable, especially while grieving the loss of those close to you. Attorney Jonathan Parker will use his experience and knowledge to make sure the process goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible so you can spend your time celebrating the life of your loved one and being with the friends and family who matter most — not sitting in a conference room.

The probate process can be quite costly. To protect your wallet, he offers three options for how he will charge you: billing by the hour, flat fees, and a percentage of the estate's value. Whichever option you choose, your payment agreement will be in writing so you won't be left in the dark over any unexpected fees or charges.

Just like your time and your money, Jonathan's services will prioritize your peace of mind because losing a loved one can be an emotional enough time for everyone involved. So you can focus on other matters, you can leave the tedious, often complex process of probate to Jonathan and you will be updated should any advances in your case occur.

In addition to probate, Parker & Maloney, P.A., has extensive experience defending those charged with a DUI. They have offices in Miami, Florida; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Stirling, New Jersey; and are expanding to Fort Lauderdale soon. Call today to schedule a free phone consultation so he can get to know you and provide you with options for moving forward with your case.