Letters of Administration – Do you really need them?!

I can’t say this enough:

There are many situations where you do not
need letters of administration.


Yes, the bank or customer service agent you are talking to says you do…but they are just reading from a policy manual or a list of predefined answers. They are not probate lawyers. They aren’t always right. That’s what the legal department tells them to ask for if they are ever informed of a death.

You need explore your options. Talk to a probate lawyer. Even if it’s not us.

Don’t assume you need letters of administration and full blown formal administration of the estate. It’s more expensive and takes longer and isn’t always necessary.

There’s always a possibility that summary administration is an option for you.

How long does probate take in Florida?


One of the last few questions I always address at the end of a probate consultation is: “How long does probate take?” Generally: Summary administration typically takes a few weeks from the date of filing to get orders distributing the assets. Anyone who promises anything sooner is being less than forthcoming. (Explained further below.) Formal…

Do I have to Probate the Homestead Property?

homestead property florida probate

We ┬áhave been answering this question repeatedly over the last couple of months. If a homestead property is not a probate asset, why does it have to go through probate? Great question. If mom’s house was truly her homestead over the last few decades, you wouldn’t be wrong to assume that it was considered her…

Cost (expenses) associated with Florida probate administration

There seems to be more confusion these days regarding the costs (expenses) associated with a probate administration in Florida. Let me try to clear things up: Attorneys fees are determined by whatever agreement you have made with your attorney. These fees are compensation for the attorneys and law firm staff who are working on your…

Where should I store my Last Will and Testament (and other important documents)?

where should I put my will

Nearly 5 years ago, I wrote an article about what to do when you can’t find the Will of the decedent. Recently, Lifehacker revived the Wall Street Journal‘s handy article reminding us that we all ought to revisit where and how we store important documents for easy access and peace of mind. I’ve never been…

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