Losing a loved one is never easy, and it can be even more complicated when it comes to dealing with their estate. Questions can abound, and mistakes could cost you time and money. The trauma of losing a loved one only maximizes your frustration and doubt.
Michelangelo Mortellaro and his team at Mortellaro Law understand these feelings. A Tampa Probate Attorney from our firm is a skilled legal professional in probate law, which involves settling a deceased person’s estate.
What does a Tampa probate attorney do and how can be of help during this difficult time?
The Role of a Tampa Probate Attorney
First and foremost, it is important to understand what probate is. Probate is “the legal process that occurs when a person dies that involves the validation and administration of their will.” This process oversees asset distribution, paying debts, and other steps to carry out the wishes of the deceased.
Local circuit courts in Florida oversee this process under Article V Section 20(3) of the state constitution. The court works to see that the deceased person’s debts are paid off and that their property is distributed according to their wishes (or according to state law if there is no will).
A probate attorney can be helpful in several ways during this process.
Estate Planning Before Probate
A Tampa probate attorney from Mortellaro Law can assist with the preparation of a will or help create a trust to avoid the probate process altogether. Without a will, Florida law determines who inherits your property. A probate attorney can help you create a Health Care Proxy, Living Will, and Power of Attorney to safeguard your assets and record your wishes.