Probate Law in Broward County, FL
Probate is a court-supervised process for identifying and gathering the assets of a deceased person, paying their debts and distributing their assets to beneficiaries.
If you have lost a loved one, we understand how difficult this time is for you. If you are like most people, you don’t know what to do next. An attorney will assist you in dealing with this overwhelming time in your life.
At Andrea L. Jakob, P.A., you’ll receive the trusted, compassionate and personalized care that you need at this difficult time.
What Steps Do I Take When A Loved One Dies?
After contacting a funeral home, someone should take possession of the credit cards, driver’s license, bills, bank account statements and mail. Other suggestions include, gathering tax returns and insurance policies.
Contact Andrea and her staff to help you with these trying tasks, and to take some of the stress off your shoulders at this difficult time.
What is an Estate?
In Florida, whenever someone passes away, that person’s property (land, house, cars, boat, bank account, jewelry, etc.), immediately becomes property of that person’s “estate.” It does not matter if the person is very wealthy or not. Florida law has provided that legally, there is never any gap in ownership of any property.
That estate is meant to be temporary, to help change title to deeds and other proofs of ownership, among other things. The process of transitioning the property from the estate to the heirs, or beneficiaries that survive the person who has just died, is called “probate”. In Florida, there are specific courts set up just to deal with probate matters. In legal terms, the deceased would then be called a "decedent."
Is Probate Necessary?
- Probate is necessary to pass ownership of the decedent’s assets to his/her beneficiaries, unless every asset has a direct succession or transfer of ownership.
- If the decedent had no will, probate may be necessary under Florida law, to pass ownership of assets to those persons who are expected to receive them.
- A will does not automatically transfer ownership of property; therefore, probate may be necessary for you to legally obtain the ownership of what your loved ones wanted to pass to you.
- If there is no will, the probate court will appoint a personal representative and will determine who will receive the assets of the estate.
Do I Need To Hire An Attorney?
Yes! You need a Probate Attorney to assist you with the Probate process. Contact Andrea L. Jakob, P.A. as soon as possible, or complete the Request an Appointment form below, so you will have one less thing to worry about at this challenging time. I serve clients throughout Broward County, FL.
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I made an appointment with Andrea after convincing my elderly parents that they needed to make estate plans. They were in denial and finally agreed to go. From the beginning, Andrea was professional and caring. She answered all our questions, was knowledgeable about the law and how it would affect their assets upon their passing. Andrea set up a will, trust, power of attorneys, medical power of attorney and gave advice for different possible future events at a flat fee which was reasonable. I was so pleased I also set up my estate plans. Now my brother and brother in law are also planning to consult with her for their plans.Thank you Andrea for giving us all peace of mind.
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My sisters and I had a family situation with another family member seriously ill in the hospital, with no will, healthcare surrogate, power of attorney, etc. Attorney Jakob was incredibly kind, comforting and supportive, super knowledgeable, and flexible to meet us on our schedule on a Saturday afternoon, to draw up the paperwork we absolutely needed to get done ASAP. I was very impressed with her suggestions/advice/knowledge on the topics, as well as her kind nature and personality. And, what we paid to have this done ASAP was more than fair. She is very sharp and knows her stuff, particularly in the area of wills, estate planning, etc. I cannot recommend her more highly. Great attorney, great person.
The professional assistance that was provided me was invaluable and left me with a sense of great comfort in knowing that I now have all of my legal affairs in order. I would highly recommend Andrea to help anyone who needs help in planning their estate. She was also very reasonably priced.
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Andrea was prepared, thorough in her explanation of the documents and very professional. Her knowledge and kindness made me feel very comfortable. I know I made the right decision for her to handle my legal matter.
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