What is probate?

Probate is a court-supervised process for identifying and gathering the decedent's assets, paying taxes, claims and expenses and distributing assets to beneficiaries [click here for more]. The Florida Probate Code is found in Chapters 731 through 735 of the Florida Statutes.

Florida law establishes two types of probate administration:

  • Formal Administration, with which most of this blog deals and
Florida law also establishes a non-administration proceeding called "Disposition of Personal Property Without Administration." [Ch. 735, Part II]