No matter how much care an individual takes of preparing their final wishes, the probate process is a lengthy one. When all is said and done, it’s entirely possible for it to take several years before the decedent’s loved ones get the money and other assets that were left to them upon the passing of the testator. However, the Court’s try to limit the estate to completion within one year unless good cause is demonstrated.
Ideally, the deceased has left a detailed will explaining what he or she wishes to do with their assets when their time comes. Working with a lawyer who is familiar with Florida’s probate administration laws can make a huge difference in ending the process as soon as possible.
However, it is important to know it can take months for the technical aspects of the probate process to be fulfilled. The validity of the will has to be verified, creditors have to be notified, taxes have to be paid and more.
If everything is in order and a proper plan is in place to pay any outstanding debts, it’s entirely possible to have the funds distributed to the heirs in less than one year. That’s why working with a probate attorney is such an important concept.
If you have friends and family members that you want to take care of, even after your passing, having a legally binding will ensure that it happens. A lawyer who is familiar with the probate process can help ensure that those you care about the most don’t have to wait years to get the things you want to leave them.