As many know, there are ever-increasing numbers of people who own property in Florida but don’t live there. They’re called “snowbirds” because they fly South for the Winter to avoid the cold weather. When such a person passes away, their main estate is probated in the state where they resided when they died.
Ancillary Summary Administration Probate is generally used when the decedent’s assets are worth $50,000 or less. For more information, see Florida Statute S734.1025 and 734.104.
Formal proceedings require an attorney, but you can handle a Florida small estate Summary Probate proceedings independently.
Summary proceedings are a streamlined process that is much simpler than a formal process, making the assistance of an attorney less necessary.
To qualify for an Ancillary Summary Administration in Florida, the following must occur:
- The decedent non-resident of Florida
- The decedent died less than two years ago
- The decedent had a Will
- The decedent’s assets have a gross value of no more than $50,000
- An out-of-state court appointed a personal representative
- the pleadings from that state probate court are available and need to be filed in a Florida probate court
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To transfer ownership of real property in Florida, all creditor claims must be satisfied or barred.
Florida Probate and Estate Planning Document Assistance can draft the appropriate probate forms and file them with the court.