Baskin Fleece Partner Jay Fleece Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

BaskinFleece lawyer Jay FleeceBaskin Fleece partner Joseph W. “Jay” Fleece, III, has been named in the 2015 edition of Florida Trend magazine’s Florida Legal Elite™.

Members of the Florida Bar were asked to nominate Florida lawyers who they hold in the highest regard. An independent research firm compiled the results, and a panel of previous Legal Elite winners reviewed the attorneys who had the most votes.


The Florida Legal Elite list includes fewer than 2% of active Florida Bar members practicing in the state.The Florida Legal Elite list includes fewer than 2% of active Florida Bar members practicing in the state.

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The 9 Most Important Duties of a Personal Representative

Trustee, personal representative duties1. Take possession of all the decedent’s assets and file an inventory including the date of death values of all assets you have in your control.

2. Start a checking account to keep accurate records of income and expenses.

3. Give notice to creditors and may give notice to interested persons by publication in the newspaper. Notice must also be given to interested persons by mail or personal service if Waiver and Consent forms cannot be obtained.

4. You may be converting assets to cash, selling real estate, running a business, insuring and keeping property in good repair.

5. Collect any income due to the decedent like interest, dividends, rent, etc., and pay bills, settle proper claims or object to claims that are not appropriate.

Symbol---Checks6. Final and fiduciary tax returns to complete. You may be required to file a closing certificate for fiduciaries from the Department of Revenue. You are encouraged to utilize the services of a competent attorney to help you with this aspect of the estate.

7. File a final accounting showing all money that came in to the estate between date of death and distribution and all money that was paid out of the estate.

Symbol-Credit-PC8. Distribute assets according to the Will and/or statutes and secure receipts from those receiving assets.

9. File a personal representative’s statement to close estate. Six months after the filing of this statement, your duties are complete.

For help or answers to will and estate related questions, you can contact BaskinFleece at 727.572.4545.


This list is not exclusive, but is intended to be illustrative. 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.