Guiding Individuals Through Estate Administration And Probate
When someone close to you passes away, you are left to navigate the complex and overwhelming world of probate. Fortunately, you do not have to do it alone. At Copeland, Covert & Smith, PLLC, our team of attorneys can assist you with every step.
We serve clients throughout central Florida with all aspects of administering and probating an estate. With our approachable, compassionate service, you can feel assured that you are not making a mistake and that the process will wrap up as efficiently as possible.
Effectively Resolving Homestead Disputes
In Florida, your house is your primary asset, and therefore homesteads are not an asset of a probate estate. If the decedent used the homestead as their primary residence, it is protected from creditors and passes straight to the inheritors. It also qualifies for certain property tax exemptions. However, family disagreements can arise, and having an experienced attorney who is knowledgeable about homestead laws can not only make a difference, but we can help the decedent’s personal representative obtain an Order Determining Homestead Status through the probate court.
Advocating For You In Disputes And Litigation
Probate is based on rules and statutes. There is very little wiggle room for judges. Their primary goal is to interpret the intent of the testator and adhere to Florida’s probate laws. It is therefore crucial that you can prove the decedent’s intent to the court.
We shoulder this difficult task for you. With thousands of cases under our belt, we know the evidence needed to demonstrate intent to the court. You will receive realistic expectations of what the outcome might hold. We will also do everything we can to help you secure the most favorable solution possible. If the need for civil litigation arises, we are capable litigators who also handle appeals.
Take The Stress Out Of Probate And Estate Administration
Estate administration and probate do not have to feel overwhelming. Allow us to guide you through it. To schedule an initial consultation with one of our team members, please call our Altamonte Springs office at 407-738-4372 or send us an email.