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How the Notice of Administration is handled in Florida

After you have died and your estate has been opened, assuming it is ineligible for summary administration, a petition will be filed with the court and a personal representative will be assigned. At this time, something called a Notice of Administration must be published. This notice serves to alert creditors of the estates opening and the three-month window with which they have to file a claim against the estate.

The appointed personal representative must immediately publish the notice unless creditor collections have been prohibited, as can happen in some cases. The notice will contain specifics to facilitate creditors in filing a claim against the estate. This includes such items as the name and address of the personal representative and his or her attorney, the decedent's name and the estate's file number, the court's address as well as the first published date of the notice. If claims are not made within the designated time period, any future pursuance of claims will be prohibited.

The notice must be published once weekly for a period of two weeks in a local newspaper within the county where the administration of the estate is being handled. During this time, if there are any known creditors, the personal representative should issue a notice to them.

Probate attorneys in Florida may be able to answer your questions regarding the Notice of Administration and any estate disbursement questions you may have.   If you want the best opportunity to ensure your estate plans are executed correctly, consulting a probate attorney now may be a wise decision.

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