At The Siegel Law Group, P.A., we know how difficult it is to cope with the loss of a loved one. In addition to the emotional challenges, you may also face the complicated legal processes involved in administering your loved one's estate. Let us help you with this burden.
Because Probate laws are complex and the process can be long and arduous, it is important to work with an experienced Probate attorney. Barry D. Siegel has helped South Florida residents navigate the Probate and Trust Administration processes for almost 20 years.
We offer a complimentary meeting to anyone whose loved one recently passed away. In that meeting, we will assess your situation and help you determine the next steps. Call our office at 561-955-8515 or 855-FLA-ESTATE to schedule your consultation.
Compassionate Legal Guidance Through The Probate Process
Probate is the process through which a deceased individual's assets are identified, gathered and distributed. If the decedent had a Will, the property will be distributed according to that Will upon validation by a judge. If the decedent did not have a Will, then Florida law will determine how to distribute the property.
If your loved one — or the Court — has appointed you as a Personal Representative, your task is to ensure that the estate is administered appropriately, including, but not limited to:
- Gathering assets
- Notifying creditors of the death and Probate proceeding
- Defending the estate against any improper claims, including creditor claims
- Paying creditors
- Paying taxes
- Distributing the estate assets
Failure to properly administer the estate can make you personally liable for any harm to beneficiaries. That is one of the many reasons it is important to work with an attorney. At our law firm, we don't just believe in telling you what duties you have as a Personal Representative. We want to help you ensure that those duties are carried out correctly by handling the matter for you from beginning to end.
Administering A Trust
Many people choose to place some or all of their assets in a Trust as a way to avoid Probate and protect their loved ones from estate taxes. Although a Trust can be administered privately and outside of the courtroom, it still must be distributed correctly.
Lawyer Barry D. Siegel is a steadfast advocate for those going through the difficult process of administering a loved one's estate. He works closely with the Trustee to ensure that the assets are distributed according to the deceased's wishes. It all starts with a complimentary meeting with attorney Barry D. Siegel.
Your First Consultation Is Complimentary And Risk-Free
We know that losing a loved one is difficult. While you focus on your family, we will handle your legal matters. Contact us online, or call us at 561-955-8515 or 855-FLA-ESTATE to schedule a complimentary consultation. You may also subscribe to our e-newsletter.