Miami Probate Attorney and Estate Administration Lawyer

Miami Probate Attorney and Estate Administration Lawyer

Probate Attorney Serving Miami & South Florida

Miami Probate Attorney

A death in the family or of a close friend is stressful enough. Having to handle all the estate related issues just compounds the loss. You need a compassionate, experienced attorney to help you handle the details. If you have to administer an estate or trust, and have have to fiduciary responsibility for the assets, help guiding you through the maze of legal issues is a welcome relief.

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If you or a loved one are in need of legal advice or representation in probate matters, contact Miami probate attorney Jonathan H. Parker, to receive the help you need. We approach each case as a partnership—you will never be left in the dark. Call our office today for a free initial consultation:

There are different requirements if the decedent died having a valid last will and testament (testate) or without one (intestate). Also, depending on the value of the decedent’s probate estate and how long the decedent has been gone, there are two different types of probate processes.

As a probate attorney, we help by assisting you through the process, whether you need to probate the estate, distribute assets, or just give advice. And, at times, we work with you to resolve conflicts among beneficiaries.

Legwork

Miami Probate Attorney

Many people agree to be executors on estates, but don’t realize the scope of that responsibility when a person dies. Following the death, the executor has many tasks to undertake and, although specifically they may need legal assistance, many executors do feel overwhelmed.

Just for starters, the executor must ensure all the documents are in order and have ordered the death certificate, filed the the will with the local probate court, if there is a one; got appraisals of valuable property, possibly involving hiring an estate sales company; filed the deceased person’s final income tax return; disposed of estate or trust(s) property; and dealt with claims against the estate’s assets.

In most probate cases, beneficiaries don’t argue and there aren’t creditors submitting formal claims, but state law still requires the case remain open for months, and in many situations may drag on for more than a year. The executor should send regular letters or emails to beneficiaries to keep them up to date, increasing their burden. As attorneys, we keep the lines of communications open, track all requirements, send out updates, fie required documents with the court, and bring closure as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Services:

As Miami probate lawyers, we provide some or all of the following legal services for estate executors and family members:

  • Locate and secure probate and non-probate assets
  • Obtain death certificate
  • Obtain values and appraisals of all the decedent’s property
  • Notify retirement plans, including IRAs and 401(k)s; rollover make appropriate elections, as needed
  • Notify social security, if appropriate, and insurance companies, and collect proceeds
  • Prepare and file all documents required by the probate court in a timely manner
  • Address income tax issues; Determining if any estate taxes and/or inheritance taxes will be due and, if so, determine where the cash will come from to pay the taxes
  • Assist with the sale of estate property, or re-title it into the names of the estate beneficiaries if it is not being sold
  • Settle any disputes among personal representatives and beneficiaries
  • Request court permission for various actions as required by applicable state probate laws
  • Distribute the remaining assets to the beneficiaries after paying bills and taxes

For skilled assistance from a Miami estate administration lawyer or Miami probate attorney, contact Miami Probate Lawyer Jonathan H. Parker.

Call (877) PARKER-9 for a confidential consultation.

 Expertise

Our attorneys come from different backgrounds with diverse expertise. Our clients can always count on our attorneys to relate to their situation.

 Affordability

We strive to maintain a practice designed to be competitive when it comes to legal expenses AND to meet out client’s needs and expectations.

 Commitment

We work closely with our clients to enhance our technical knowledge of the specifics of each case we take on. It’s all about reaching the best outcome for you!