A deceased person’s estate is administered through the court which resolves claims against the estate and distributes the deceased person’s property through the intestate laws (having no will) or as set forth in a valid will authenticated by the court. Tracy Law assists with the necessary legal representation to appoint an executor of the estate and to settle all claims made against the estate. Pride is taken in the support Tracy Law provides to clients going through the probate process.
Often probate in Sarasota, Bradenton, and other areas of Florida is a process that seldom requires the attorney or the attorney’s client to appear in court. Because of this, the work is done almost exclusively from a distance, either by the internet, mail or phone, which saves fees and costs for the client. Tracy Law handles these types of probate proceedings throughout the state and assists the client through the entire process. Through prompt communication clients are ensured to know the current status of an estate administration and the future steps to come if issues are presented within the probate process.
The probate process may take place at any time after someone’s death. Services include, but are not limited to:
- Proving in court that a deceased person’s will is valid;
- Identifying and inventorying the deceased person’s property;
- Having the property appraised;
- Paying debts and taxes, and
- Distributing the remaining property as the will (or state law, if there’s no will) directs
Typically, the estate property pays for the final outstanding creditor claims, and the lawyers and court fees. After all fees and claims are paid, the remaining assets are distributed to the people who are entitled to inherit the property.