Probate & Trust Administration in Florida
The loss of a loved one is traumatic; grieving families should not have to suffer unnecessary stress. But the fact is that many legal, financial and administrative steps must be taken following the death of a loved one. This is where the The Karp Law Firm can help. Our services include probate (estate administration), trust administration, and post-mortem planning. We offer these services in an atmosphere of respect and sensitivity, always treating each client as we ourselves would want to be treated under similar circumstances. If we can help make a stressful situation a little less so for a grieving family, we have done our job.
Probate is the legal procedure in which the probate court assumes jurisdiction over the assets of someone who has died. The court supervises the payment of debts, taxes, and probate fees, then supervises the distribution of the remainder to the persons named in a will, or to the heirs if there is no will. Probate may not be necessary if a deceased person had a properly drafted and funded trust; however, Trust Administration is necessary.
Family members commonly believe that their deceased loved one properly planned because the decedent had a Last Will, had created and funded a trust, or had designated certain individuals as beneficiaries. In fact, sometimes the decedent's plans can actually have a negative impact on the family with regard to estate taxes, and/or Florida Medicaid planning strategies for the surviving spouse. If this occurs, our attorneys can advise you about post-mortem planning techniques that may rectify the situation and create more favorable tax consequences for surviving family members. Seeking the advice of a certified elder law attorney before receiving these assets is always wise. Please contact The Karp Law Firm for assistance.
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