Saint Lucie County Probate Lawyers
Probate refers to a court-administered process for establishing and collecting the assets of a deceased party (decedent), paying the debts of the decedent, and distributing their assets to their beneficiaries. It can be a long, complicated process that requires most executors of estates with property in Florida to use a probate attorney.
What do you charge to handle a probate?
As our firm values transparency, we have placed our pricing menus below. The ultimate cost of your probate administration is largely dependent upon the size of the estate which needs administration.
For a summary probate administration which is the administration required for estates worth less than $75,000.00 in Florida, our firm charges a flat fee of $2500.00 plus costs. Note that these costs are paid to third-parties like the Clerk of Court and the Office of Vital Statistics.
For estates worth more than $75,000.00, Florida requires a formal probate administration. As the Courts generally require a number of filings to get these probates closed, our firm's rate is dependent upon the size of the estate. Starting at $4500.00 plus costs.
Both of our pricing lists which discuss our flat fees and some anticipated costs are listed on the sheets below. Please do not hesitate to reach out to see how we can help with your Florida probate estate administration.
Frequently Asked Questions About Probate
How long does a probate estate administration generally take?
Generally, probate proceedings can last anywhere from 1 month to 12 months depending upon the county and the size of the estate. Of course, a probate administration can span greater than 1 year if there are any special circumstances which may include a will contest, probate dispute, missing wills, and/or depending upon the backlog of probates in the county where the probate needs to be filed.
What will I need to give my attorney to get the probate process started?
A short form death certificate
A copy of the deceased's funeral bill, cremation receipt, and any other final burial expenses.
A list of all assets of the deceased which need to be probated-including any and all bank accounts, insurance policies, brokerage accounts, and any real properties.
A list of any creditors who have contacted you regarding repayment of the deceased’s debts (this may include final medical expenses, hospital bills, utility bills, credit card statements, etc.).
Any correspondence received from the state of Florida and/or the Federal government (including IRS notices, unpaid child support notices, etc.)
A list of all beneficiaries/heirs of the deceased including any children, grandchildren, siblings, parents, etc.
The original will and/or original revocable trust agreement.
A copy of the decedent’s health insurance cards.
Any other papers you feel are important or relevant which would assist us in the administration of your loved one's estate.
How can I pay my legal fees?
We take online payments, cash, checks, venmo, zelle, or cashapp.
I live out-of-state and need a Florida probate attorney, can I handle the probate administration remotely with your firm?
Yes, we can communicate you via zoom, phone, email, and text. Thanks to virtual court, the entire estate administration can be handled remotely.
Can your law firm recommend a realtor to help sell a home in probate?
Yes, most of our staff are licensed realtors and would be happy to give you a free comparative market analysis regarding the value of your property. If you are out of state and need to probate a loved one's home, any of our realtors can give you the CMA, assist with keeping the grass cut and property maintained while the probate process is pending. Note that our realtors work through separate brokerage companies.
What counties do you handle probate matters for
Our experienced probate attorneys handle probate cases all over the state of Florida. Thanks to virtual court and to uniform probate rules in Florida, we are equipped to handle probate matters in ANY Florida county.
Examples of Probate Assets
A life insurance policy, individual retirement account, or annuity contract payable to the decedent’s estate.
A bank account or investment account in the decedent’s sole name
Real estate titled in the sole name of the decedent, or in the name of the decedent and someone else as common tenants (unless it is a homestead property)
How We Can Help with Probate
Did You Inherit a Home?
If you inherited a property from a loved one, we can help clear the title to the home in a probate proceeding. Our skilled lawyers are able to assist with filing the probate administration to get you access to the home as quickly as possible.
Did Your Loved One Die without a Will?
If your loved one died without a will, we can help figure out what assets will need to be probated and which assets can be shielded from the probate proceeding.