Probate & Trust Administration Attorneys
Serving the St. Petersburg Area - Call (727) 755-5808
When a family member passes, it is already an emotional time. The emotion
can be compounded by the stress and uncertainty of how to go about carrying
out the wishes expressed in your loved one's will or trust. At Edwards
Elder Law, P.A., we are proud to offer the guidance you need in this time
How Do I Know If I Need Probate or Trust Administration?
Whether a probate or a trust administration will be necessary is determined
by whether your loved one had a will or a trust.
If he or she had
a will, then a probate, which is supervised by the courts, will be needed.
If he or she had a
trust, then a trust administration, which is not supervised by the courts, will
Sometimes, your loved one may have had both a will and a trust, and in
that case, both a probate and a trust administration may be needed.
What You Need to Know About Florida Probate
is the process by which the beneficiaries named in a will receive their assets. The transfer process has to go through probate. The Personal Representative,
or executor, named in the will is in charge of overseeing the probate
process. Probate is also used if someone dies without a will and the process
is then needed to transfer the assets according to the default transfer
plan that the state of Florida has in place for everyone who dies without
a will. This is called dying intestate.
If you have been named the Personal Representative, we can help you understand
your many responsibilities and then guide you through the deadline sensitive
probate process. You don't have to face the unfamiliar probate process
alone as you strive to fulfill your loved one's wishes.
What You Need to Know About Trust Administration in Florida
Trust administration is the process by which the beneficiaries named in
a trust receive their assets. The transfer process is not overseen by
the courts, but it is overseen by the successor trustee named in the trust.
Becoming a successor trustee can be daunting. At Edwards Elder Law, P.A.,
we understand that this can be a confusing time in your life, and in some
situations, you may even face conflict between the beneficiaries. If you
are looking for trusted counsel, we can help you.
Turn to us for the support you need. We can help take the burden off of
your shoulders. For more information about how we can provide you with
the information and assistance that you are seeking, we encourage you to
contact our office and request a