A circuit court judge supervises or presides over probate administration and also rules on the validity of the decedent’s will. Now if the decedent died without a will, the judge will consider evidence to confirm the identities of the decedent’s heirs as those who will receive the decedent’s probate estate.
If the designated personal representative meets the statutory qualifications, the judge will issue “Letters of Administration,” also referred to simply as “letters.” These “letters” are important evidence of the personal representative’s authority to administer the decedent’s probate estate.
The judge will hold a hearing as necessary to answer any questions or resolve disputes that arise during the course of administering the decedent’s probate estate. The judge’s decision will be set forth in a written direction called an “order.”
Some of the content of this information is courtesy of The Florida Bar and represents general legal advice. Because the law is continually changing, some provisions in this blog may be out of date. It is always best to consult an attorney about your legal rights and responsibilities in your particular case.