There are many people who own property in Florida but do not live here year round. If a loved one passes away in another state or country while owning property in Florida, then the estate must be probated in at least two places: the principle place of residence and in the Florida County where the property is located.
The above described “secondary probate process” for the decedents’ real property, such as a house or condo, and personal property, such as a car or jewelry, is referred to as ancillary probate.
The Florida ancillary probate process is important. It is the responsibility of the personal representative of the estate of the deceased to ensure that the Florida ancillary probate process is properly conducted according to Florida law. This may include a legal requirement to hire an attorney to represent both you as the personal representative as well as the estate of the deceased.
The ancillary probate process can be less complex or just as complex as the regular probate process, depending on the circumstances of the deceased’s estate, the presence or lack of disputes between the heirs and interested parties, whether or not there was a will, and whether or not the property in Florida was included in the will.
Florida is known as a great place to retire, which is why it is common for ancillary probate to occur in Florida. Here at Boyer Law Firm, we have assisted both American and international clients with the Florida ancillary probate process. Due to our regular dealings with both international law and international clients, we have developed a system that allows you to stay in your home state or country while the ancillary probate process takes place, lessening the hassle of an already burdensome situation.
If your loved one passed away while owning property in Florida, then contact Boyer Law Firm today.