Probate & Estate Administration

Managing the Probate Process

Frese, Whitehead, Anderson, Anderson & Heuston, P.A.: Probate Administration and Litigation

For most estates, Florida's probate process is not an overly complicated, lengthy or costly one.

At Frese, Whitehead, Anderson, Anderson & Heuston, P.A., we handle probate, estate administration and probate litigation concerns in the Melbourne area and throughout the central Florida region. Specific aspects of probate in which we can assist the estate representative and trustee include:

  • Review of the will or trust agreement
  • Creditor notification
  • Location and inventory of the assets
  • Settlement of debts with legitimate creditors
  • Preparation of estate tax returns and paying taxes due
  • Distribution of the remainder of the assets in accordance with the decedent's will, trust or Florida law
  • Ancillary probate
  • Probate administration
  • Trust administration

Probate Disputes and Litigation

Resolving disputes in the court system rather than outside of it is not only risky — but also significantly more expensive, time-consuming and stressful. As true as that may be, attorneys at our firm also realize that if you do not approach disputes with an eye toward litigation from the very beginning — chances are better than good you will have to scramble to achieve favorable results if litigation does become necessary. Our probate litigation practice includes will contests, trust disputes, elective share claims and the defense of trustees, personal representatives and other fiduciaries.

Surviving Spouses and Florida's Elective Share

In Florida, surviving spouses are automatically guaranteed a 30 percent share of the majority of the deceased spouse’s assets even if the decedent provided for less than that percentage in his or her estate plan. That said — this is a very complicated issue and one that you should not try to resolve without the kind of experienced legal help our attorneys can provide.

Contacting Our Melbourne, Florida, Law Offices

To speak with us about a specific legal concern — call our Melbourne, Florida, law offices at 321.473.3295 or contact us online.