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Probate Serving Families Throughout Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach Probate Attorney

Providing Reliable Legal Solutions for Families Throughput and Destin and Okaloosa County

In the event of a loved one's passing, unless a trust has been established, the estate typically undergoes the probate process. This procedure ensures that the decedent’s assets are distributed as per their will or, in the absence of a will, determines the distribution of the estate based on state law. At Dowd Law Firm, our probate lawyer brings over three decades of combined legal experience to the table. 

Reach out to our law firm today at (850) 972-2233 to arrange a consultation with our Fort Walton Beach and Destin probate lawyer and begin your probate journey. 

What is Probate? 

Probate is a legal process where the estate of a deceased person is settled and distributed, either in line with their will or, if absent, under state law. This process ensures that the decedent’s debts are paid and their remaining assets are allocated correctly. 

The key components of probate are as follows:  

  • Validation of the Will: Confirming the legitimacy of the deceased's will. 
  • Appointment of Executor: Assigning an individual to oversee the estate's administration. 
  • Inventory of Assets: Cataloging the deceased's property and assets. 
  • Settlement of Debts and Taxes: Ensuring all outstanding obligations are met. 
  • Distribution of Remaining Assets: Allocating what's left according to the will or state law. 

In Florida, the probate process includes the following nuances that set it apart: 

  • Personal Representative Requirements: Florida mandates that the executor must be a blood relative, spouse, or state resident. 
  • Formal vs. Summary Administration: The state distinguishes between formal administration for larger estates or contentious situations and summary administration for smaller estates or those where the decedent has been deceased for over two years. 

While navigating probate in Florida may seem daunting due to these unique stipulations, the overall difficulty hinges on the estate's complexity, the will's clarity, and potential disputes among heirs. Seeking professional guidance is recommended to smoothly navigate the probate landscape, ensuring compliance with state laws and safeguarding the estate's integrity.

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Why Choose Dowd Law Firm?

  • Proven Track Record
    We have a reputation for achieving consistent and high-quality results for our clients.
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    We will focus on the intricacies of your case to achieve the most favorable outcome.

  • One-On-One Attention
    We're committed to working closely with our clients to effectively resolve their cases.
  • 25+ Years Of Experience
    Attorney John R. Dowd Jr. is backed by extensive experience in a wide range of legal matters.

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