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Navigating Probate in Miami, Florida

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Losing a loved one is a deeply emotional ordeal, and the accompanying legal matters, such as probate, can further complicate this difficult time. Boyer Law Firm is committed to easing this burden. Our skilled Miami probate attorneys are well-versed in the intricacies of Florida probate law and offer guidance through the process with both efficiency and compassion.

This detailed guide offers an insight into probate in Florida, especially tailored with considerations unique to Miami residents.

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What is Probate?

Probate is the legal procedure by which a court oversees the distribution of assets left by a deceased individual. It involves identifying estate assets, settling outstanding debts, and distributing the remaining assets to the rightful heirs, either as designated in the will or according to state laws if no will exists.

Do I Need to File Probate in Miami?

Probate is typically necessary in Miami when the deceased has:

  • Assets titled solely in their name, such as property or bank accounts.
  • Assets without designated beneficiaries, including certain insurance policies or retirement accounts.
  • Owned property solely or as a tenant in common.
  • A more complex estate that includes significant assets or debts.

Understanding Probate in Florida

Under Florida law (Chapters 731 through 735 of the Florida Statutes), probate can vary based on the estate’s size and the details outlined in the will, if one exists:

  • Formal Administration is used for larger estates or when instructed by a will, involving a detailed court process.
  • Summary Administration is available for estates valued under $75,000 or for those deceased for more than two years, offering a faster, streamlined process.
  • Disposition Without Administration can be used for very small estates where the assets are less than the final expenses.

Miami Specifics in Probate

For Miami-Dade residents, probate cases are managed by the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court. This court provides specific forms, filing requirements, and timelines essential for smooth probate proceedings in Miami.

Factors to Consider When Needing an Attorney

Several factors can influence your decision to involve a probate attorney in Miami:

  • The Size and Complexity of the Estate: Larger estates with diverse assets or complex financial situations often benefit from legal expertise, especially with Miami real estate.
  • The Existence of a Will:If there’s no will or the will is contested, an attorney can navigate the intricacies of intestacy laws or will challenges
  • Potential for Creditor Claims: Anticipated creditor claims can add complexities to the probate process. An attorney can ensure proper notification and negotiation of claims.
  • Value of Real Property: If the estate includes significant real estate holdings in Miami-Dade County, legal guidance can ensure smooth property transfer and address potential tax implications.

Why Choose Boyer Law Firm?

  • At Boyer Law Firm, we bring deep local knowledge of Miami-Dade’s legal landscape to effectively handle probate cases. Our experienced attorneys ensure efficient administration of estates, minimizing delays and legal hurdles, while also safeguarding your rights throughout the process. We provide expert guidance to navigate Miami’s unique challenges, particularly in handling high-value estates and real estate complexities.

In the next sections, we will delve deeper into common probate issues in Miami, the typical probate process, and how Boyer Law Firm can guide you through each step.

Common Issues in Miami Probate

Miami’s diverse and international populace often means dealing with foreign assets or beneficiaries, complex real estate holdings, and multi-jurisdictional legal considerations. Additionally, the vibrant local business scene can complicate probate with potential creditor claims or contested wills.

  • Missing or Invalid Wills: If a will’s gone missing or is questioned in Florida, intestacy laws kick in to divvy up assets, potentially not matching the departed’s wishes. Let our seasoned attorneys check the validity of the will and steer you through the intestacy maze.
  • Family Feuds: When beneficiaries clash over the division of assets, the probate journey can hit roadblocks. Let Boyer Law Firm’s savvy attorneys step in to smooth things over, mediating disputes and fighting for your fair share, so you can move forward swiftly and fairly.
  • Bill Collectors: Creditors lining up for a piece of the pie? We’ll handle them and make sure they play by the rules. Creditors have a right to make a claim from the estate before beneficiaries get their share. Count on our team to handle creditor notifications, negotiate if needed, and shield the estate from over-the-top claims, ensuring everyone gets their fair shake.
  • Tax Implications: Federal and state estate taxes may apply depending on the value of the estate. Navigating the tax maze can be tricky, but Boyer Law Firm’s probate attorneys work with tax professionals to minimize the tax liabilities and ensure compliance with all regulations. We have the know-how to keep things shipshape.

The Miami Probate Process

The probate process in Miami involves:

  1. Filing a petition with the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court.
  2. Inventorying the decedent’s assets and appraising their value.
  3. Notifying and settling with creditors.
  4. Paying the estate’s debts and taxes.
  5. Distributing the remaining assets to the rightful heirs.

How Boyer Law Firm Can Help With Miami Probate

Boyer Law Firm is adept at navigating the intricacies of Miami probate law. We assist with:

  • Determining the necessity of probate and the appropriate type of administration.
  • Filing all necessary documents and handling court communications.
  • Managing estate assets, especially evaluating and selling real estate within Miami.
  • Addressing claims from creditors and ensuring all legal obligations are met.
  • Resolving disputes among heirs or related to the will, ensuring your interests are protected.


Our goal is to facilitate a smooth probate process, allowing you to focus on healing during this difficult time.

Contact Boyer Law Firm’s Miami office today to schedule a consultation and discuss how we can assist you with your specific probate needs.

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