Florida Probate: The Basics
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UPDATED: Jul 16, 2021
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When a Florida resident dies, their estate is often gathered and distributed according to Florida probate law. While this may seem like a complicated process, you may be surprised to know that many probate proceedings are easy enough to tackle without a lawyer. Read on for more information about do-it-yourself Florida probate.
How to Bypass Florida Probate
Some assets can bypass the Florida probate system altogether. These include non-probate assets, which designate a clear recipient and pass directly to the beneficiary; contract assets, which are passed via contract to a recipient and include IRAs, life insurance policies, and living trusts; and joint tenancy property, which is owned by the decedent and other parties and can include cars, shared homes, or bank accounts.
Additional Florida Probate Resources
Sixth Circuit — Probate
Ninth Circuit — Probate
Thirteenth Circuit — Probate
Fifteenth Circuit — Probate
Seventeenth Circuit — Probate
Also, see our article on Florida Probate Procedures.