Experienced Florida Lawyer Asserts Clients’ Rights on Wills and Probate
Lighthouse Point attorney skilled in estate planning and execution
At the Law Offices of Larry F. Witte, P.A. in Lighthouse Point, we are committed to protecting our clients’ legacies by preparing and revising wills that they are clear and legally enforceable. We also make certain that estate executors respect the decedent’s instructions as they carry out the probate process. Our attorneys draw on more than 45 years of combined experience to handle your estate planning or probate matter in Broward County or throughout the state of Florida.
Knowledgeable attorney helps clients to create and update wills
Writing a strong will can give you comfort while you are alive and prevent conflicts after you pass. We can help you:
- Draft a will —If a person dies without leaving behind a will, their estate is distributed to heirs in accordance with Florida law. By creating your own will, you have the power to choose who will receive assets of both financial and sentimental value.
- Change your will — If your priorities have changed since you first wrote your will, your latest wishes should be reflected in an updated will. We can make the revisions necessary to carry out your current instructions for estate distribution.
We work hand-in-hand with our clients to create documents that suit their goals.
Trusted counselor helps individuals navigate probate and probate disputes
In Florida, a will must be admitted to probate in court before the estate’s assets can be distributed. Probate is meant to carry out the decedent’s intentions and to make sure that creditors and beneficiaries receive what they are owed. We handle all probate processes, including:
- Formal administration — This is the more common probate process available in Florida. During formal administration, the executor uses the estate to pay the deceased’s debts and taxes, and then distributes the remaining assets to named heirs. Executors have various responsibilities, including submitting a final account of assets to the court.
- Summary administration — This process can be used when an estate is valued at $75,000 or less and either the deceased has no debt or creditors do not object. People who inherit assets during summary administration are usually liable for claims against the estate for up to two years after the decedent’s death. If a person died more than two years ago and his or her will was never administered, summary administration is an option.
- Probate disputes — The validity of a will, and the executor’s actions, can be challenged before and during the probate process. When conflicts arise, our firm works to resolve issues.
In Florida, any person who holds someone else’s will is required to file it with the local circuit court within 10 days of finding out about the death. It is wise to enlist an attorney to help.
Contact a knowledgeable Florida law firm for a consultation on wills and probate
Whether you are ready to create a will or you need help with Florida probate, the Law Offices of Larry F. Witte, P.A. can offer legal assistance. Call our Lighthouse Point office at 954-919-2438 or contact us online to schedule a time to discuss your estate matter.