Probate is necessary to pass ownership of the decedent’s probate assets to the decedent’s beneficiaries. If the decedent left a valid will in Tampa, St. Petersburg or Clearwater, unless the will is admitted to probate in the court, it will be ineffective to pass ownership of probate assets to the decedent’s beneficiaries. If the decedent had no will, probate is necessary to pass ownership of the decedent’s probate assets to those persons who are to receive them under Florida law.
Probate is also necessary to wind up the decedent’s financial affairs after his or her death. Administration of the decedent’s estate ensures that the decedent’s creditors are paid if certain procedures are correctly followed.
Depending upon the facts of the situation, any of the following six may have a role to play in the probate administration of the decedent’s estate:
1. Personal representative (or executor) in St. Petersburg, Clearwater or Tampa.
2. Attorney providing legal advice to the personal representative throughout the probate process.
3. Clerk of the circuit court in the county in which the decedent was domiciled at the time of the decedent’s death.
4. Circuit court judge.
5. Those filing claims in the probate proceeding relative to debts incurred by the decedent during his or her lifetime, such as credit card issuers and health care providers.
6. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as to any federal income taxes that the decedent may owe, any income taxes that the decedent’s probate estate may owe, and, sometimes as to federal gift, estate or generation-skipping transfer tax matters.
If you need probate help in St. Petersburg, Tampa or Clearwater or any where else in the state of Florida, contact BaskinFleece at 727.572.4545.
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