Miami Probate Lawyer

When you’ve lost someone close to you, the last thing you need is the stress and confusion of trying to navigate probate on your own. You’re dealing with enough emotional challenges – let us handle the legal ones.

At Alexander Gil, PLLC, our experienced Miami probate lawyers understand what you’re going through. We know that probate can be overwhelming, especially when you’re already grieving. That’s why we’re here to guide you through the process with compassion, clarity, and a commitment to protecting your interests.

Probate doesn’t have to be a mystery. We’ll explain your rights and responsibilities and ensure your loved one’s wishes are carried out as efficiently and effectively as possible. You deserve personalized attention and support during this difficult time. Contact Alexander Gil, PLLC, today to schedule a consultation.

What is Probate Administration?

Probate administration is the legal process through which a deceased person’s estate is distributed to heirs and designated beneficiaries, and debts are paid to creditors. A personal representative, usually a trusted family member or a close friend, administers the estate with the court’s help.

Whether you are the executor or an heir of the probate estate, you may not understand the probate process. Alexander Gil, PLLC, can share the responsibilities of an executor or take over and ensure heirs know what to expect. Our role includes:

  • Notifying beneficiaries that the estate exists, identifying the executor, providing a copy of the inventory, providing copies of court filings, explaining documents that require a beneficiary’s signature, etc.
  • Providing regular estate accountings to explain expenses paid for out of estate funds.
  • Distributing estate funds to all beneficiaries properly and at the same time.

If you want to avoid probate, Alexander Gil, PLLC, can help you plan responsibly for the future and navigate the probate process. Court processes are time-consuming, costly, and a matter of public record. They also allow family members to contest the will. Estate planning tools like trusts, establishing joint ownership of assets, and Payable-on-Death (POD) and Transfer-on-Death (TOD) accounts are all ways to avoid probate successfully.

How the Probate Process Works in Florida

Probate is often associated with lengthy and costly procedures, but with the right guidance, it can be a more manageable experience. Our probate attorneys at Alexander Gil, PLLC, are here to guide you through the process, help you avoid common pitfalls, and ensure that your loved one’s wishes are respected and their estate is distributed accordingly.

In Florida, there are three main types of probate:

  1. Formal Administration: This is the most common type of probate, where a personal representative is appointed to inventory assets, pay creditors, and distribute the property. Our Miami probate lawyers can provide valuable assistance throughout this process.
  2. Summary Administration: Estates may qualify for this simplified probate process if the decedent passed away at least two years ago or if the estate’s value is $75,000 or less. Summary administration is less complex, allowing for faster asset distribution.
  3. Ancillary Probate Administration: This type of probate applies when a non-Florida resident who owns property in the state passes away. Ancillary probate occurs simultaneously with the primary probate in the decedent’s state of residence.

If you’re unsure which type of probate applies to your situation, our experienced attorneys can assess your case and provide guidance. We’ll be by your side every step of the way, from validating the will to inventorying assets and handling taxes and debts, making the process as stress-free as possible.

Which Assets Pass Outside of Probate?

It’s important to note that not all assets in Florida are subject to probate, which can provide some relief during this difficult period. Non-probate assets include:

  • Property held in a trust
  • Joint tenancy property
  • Payable on death and transfer on death assets
  • Life insurance payouts
  • Retirement accounts with designated beneficiaries

Our knowledgeable Miami probate lawyers can review your loved one’s estate and explain which assets will and won’t need to go through the probate court, providing you with a clearer understanding of the process ahead.

Avoiding Family Conflicts and Handling Probate Disputes

Losing a loved one is never easy, and the probate process can be overwhelming for those left behind. While most estates go through probate without issue, legal challenges can arise.

For example, someone may contest the will, or creditors may file claims against the estate. In these situations, having a Miami probate lawyer by your side is crucial.

Alexander Gil, PLLC, can help defend the estate against challenges and ensure that the process is completed in a timely manner. Our attorneys can represent the estate during will contests and creditor claims, ensuring that your loved one’s wishes are honored and debts are paid fairly.

Contact Our Probate Lawyers in Miami Today

Are you ready to start planning your estate or facing probate? Don’t navigate the process alone. Let us guide you through the legal complexities and protect your assets.

Our Miami probate lawyer is here to help you with a compassionate, patient, and personalized approach.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started on securing your future and protecting your loved ones. Don’t wait until it’s too late – call us now and take the first step towards peace of mind.

Alex has been amazing throughout the whole process of my estate planning. He was able to make recommendations based on my family of what pieces to set up and walked me through why he recommended each. He's prompt on his follow up for questions and has made understanding all the documents really easy. I dreaded having to do the process until I was able to meet with Alex and calmed me down and made me feel good about the process. I'd give him 10 stars if I could.

C. U.

We recently had a beloved family member pass away and we had several questions regarding the estate. In just one thirty minute consultation, Alexander Gil identified the key issues for us to consider and provided the answers we needed to decide how to move forward. Alex followed up on our consult by reviewing documents we provided him and confirming his assessment of the situation. Our family was very impressed with his ready knowledge and caring attitude. We will certainly be engaging Alex's firm to handle our estate planning needs.

A. G.

If you ever find yourself looking for an estate planning attorney, words cannot express how much I recommend Alexander Gil. Virtual meetings where we have discussed legal matters have always been a breeze. Alex is a genuine and caring attorney who will always advocate for his clients. It's easy to tell he's not just in it for the job; he's in it to get the best for you. His expertise is unmatched and is devoted to making the process as least intimidating as possible.

M. R.

I first meet Alex when he was presenting for parents on Wills and Trusts and immediately was impressed with his approach and understanding. We proceeded with his services. Not only was he professional but he was very understanding and took the time to hear us and explain every step while answering every question we had. As a parent of a special needs adult, the process can be overwhelming and somewhat depressing but he assured us and helped us feel very good about our plans. He is now our attorney for life! Thanks Alex!!

Y. H.

Alex Gil worked with me at a very difficult time in my life. My partner had just passed away and Alex was there for me every step of the way to handle the execution of her Will and Trust. Alex ALWAYS was responsive and provided expert advice and this in my opinion is what separates Alex Gil. I have worked with many attorneys in my life due to owning my own business for the last 30 years and I HIGHLY recommend Alex based on responsiveness and cost!

A. K.