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The Florida probate process is often a stressful, time-consuming and expensive experience for families to go through, especially while mourning the loss of a loved one. Our Lakeland probate lawyer, O. Reginald “Reggie” Osenton understands how overwhelming probate can be, which is why he strives to simplify the complex process so that families can navigate the path ahead and reach the best possible resolution as quickly as possible. If you’ve recently lost a family member and have been named an executor, call Osenton Law, P.A. today for a free consultation and learn your next steps.

What Is Probate?

When someone passes away, their assets usually have to go through a Florida court process called probate. Before a decedent’s assets (property, bank accounts, financial investments, etc…) can be distributed, they have to go through the probate process so that the court can review the assets and determine who the inheritors are. This may be necessary even if the decedent had a will in place. 

Most people don’t even give the idea of probate a second thought until they find themselves having to go through it, but when you’re dealing with the emotions of losing a loved one, it can be difficult to simultaneously handle the legal procedures that come along with the loss. In Florida, probate begins 10 days after someone dies (a sensitive time).

How Does Probate Work In Florida?

There are several steps to the probate process that must be completed by the estate’s executor (the person who oversees the will) before probate can be resolved, including:

  • Submit the decedent’s will to the court
  • File a petition for probate
  • Take inventory of the assets
  • Contact beneficiaries and notify them of the decedent’s passing
  • Formally notify creditors and the public of the decedent’s passing
  • Settle final debts with creditors
  • File a final tax return 
  • Distribute assets according to the decedent’s will (if there is one)

Completing these steps can take a long time and the cost can add up quickly, but our probate lawyer can help you save money and even weeks or longer in court. 

Why Hire Our Lakeland Probate Lawyer?

When you’re trying to grieve the loss of someone close to you, it can be challenging to make decisions with a clear head, which can ultimately cause you to make mistakes on important documentation. Our skilled probate lawyer can handle all the complicated paperwork and procedures so that you can focus on mourning your loved one. Our firm can also make sure you stay legally compliant to alleviate you from any personal liability throughout the process. 

At Osenton Law, P.A., we understand that your loss is difficult enough without having to add probate into the mix. That’s why we always take your emotions into consideration. You can trust us to simplify the legal language and communicate with you efficiently so you understand each step in the process and aren’t ever taken by surprise. We want to help you navigate this tough time so you can move forward with your life. 

Working With Osenton Law, P.A. Can Give You A Huge Advantage

Our Lakeland probate lawyer can help you avoid the roadblocks that many people who forgo legal help face during probate. Lead attorney, O. Reginald “Reggie” Osenton has been assisting clients with probate and probate litigation for over 33 years. He cares about his clients and strives to make hard times easier for each one. He will take the time to listen to you, explain your options and answer your questions so you can have confidence during your case. Remember, probate is time-sensitive in Florida. Call today to schedule a free consultation.

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