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What Does a Probate Attorney in Florida Do?

This is not an uncommon question at all. If it is the first time you have been involved in the distribution of an estate, either as a beneficiary or personal representative, you may not know why you want to involve a probate attorney in Florida. Legally, not all estates are required to hire a lawyer for probate. However, it is almost always in the best interest of the estate to do so. Not only does it ease the work and stress of the personal representative, but, cases with a probate attorney in Florida close faster, on average, than those without.

Primarily They Help with Execution of the Will

There is a lot of paperwork involved. Your probate attorney knows what forms are required, in what order they must be filed, and completes them properly. They are there throughout the process, providing advice and answering questions. Because they deal with distribution of estates on a regular basis, most have a good network of contacts. People like appraisers, financial advisors, and tax attorneys may be necessary, or at least beneficial, during the process.

Need to Contest a Will? You Want a Probate Attorney to Help

If you feel that the last will and testament of a deceased loved one is not truly their wishes, you need to hire a probate attorney in the state where the estate is located. Whether you are a named beneficiary in the current will or not, you can contest the will’s named personal representative (executor), how the assets are divided, and even the validity of the will itself.

How Much Does a Probate Attorney in Florida Cost?

A probate attorney’s fees are set by the state based on the value of the estate. Estates valued at less than $40,000 limit the fee to $1,500. From $40,000 to $70,000 the fee is $2,250. Up to $100,000 you pay the probate attorney in Florida $3,000. After $100,000 it is $3,000 plus 3% on the next $900,000. For the specific allowable rates for the attorney’s compensation on estates over $1 million, see Florida Statute 733.6171. A probate attorney who also provides other legal services can charge their standard fees for those services. Those additional services might include the transfer of a deed or sale of the property.

Wagstaff & Pitelis Provides All Probate Services

Whether you are looking for a law firm to help you with your estate plan or are a personal representative needing a probate attorney in Pinellas County, call Wagstaff & Pitelis. Our team has vast experience in all aspects of probate from establishing trusts (to help keep assets out of probate) to creating a simple or complex will, and, of course, helping you through the probate process. Call us at (727) 584-8182 or fill out our contact form to schedule your initial consultation.