Jacksonville Probate Attorney
Florida Probate Administration Lawyer
At the Law Office of Douglas A. Oberdorfer, P.A. in Jacksonville, Florida, I recognize the emotional.htmlect of probate proceedings. Handling cases in probate court requires experience and knowledge of probate law along with a level of compassion and sensitivity.
Educated Decisions Regarding Probate
Upon the death of an individual, the probate process provides for the general administration of a decedent's estate and the orderly transfer of assets when there are no provisions to transfer them prior to that individual's death. If there was no estate plan created, these matters need to be handled promptly. Clients come to the Law Office of Douglas A. Oberdorfer, P.A., for help with probate administration. While emotions run high, reasonable decisions need to be made prior to appearing in probate court.
Questions About Probate Litigation? A seasoned courtroom professional, I also represent people in probate litigation — including actions to contest a living will, trust contests and beneficiary determinations.
Florida Probate Court
The first goal is to immediately get the estate administered by filing an action in probate court. Most.htmlects of the estate must pass through probate court, including the will and any trusts such as revocable trusts or testamentary trusts. You want an orderly transfer of assets that is consistent with Florida law and will not create inter-family problems in the future. While some family members may stake claims to certain assets and monies, it is important to administer the estate according to the Florida Code. You need a lawyer who can do this for you, and also help you momentarily set aside the personal and emotional issues of dealing with an estate matter. The Law Office of Douglas A. Oberdorfer, P.A. can help.
Dealing with Creditors
In addition to assets, all debts need to be attended to. Even someone who has died cannot escape the obligations he or she may have had to creditors. Notices must be sent to those lenders and the State of Florida.
If a loved one has passed away unexpectedly and without an estate plan, time is of the essence. While you handle personal matters, you need an attorney who can effectively handle the legal issues in probate court to ensure that assets are protected and the process is done properly. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact me.