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The attorneys at Copus & Copus are here to provide you with the attentive and compassionate legal services when facing the legalities of estate administration after losing a loved one. As you cope with your loss, we can help you avoid probate and successfully administer your estate.

Settling an Estate in Florida

Closing an estate can be confusing, especially during emotional times and when dealing with family members. We can walk you through the probate process and can help by offering various services:

  • Probate process
  • Probate litigation
  • Estate administration

Understanding the Probate Process

Administering a decedent’s estate can be a daunting process that leaves you feeling lost. If you have been made the personal representative of your loved one’s estate, there are numerous steps that need to be completed. Our law firm is ready to give you legal guidance through the complexities of the probate process.

The probate process includes the following:

  • File a petition with the court within the county the decedent lived.
  • Give written notices to all creditors of the estate.
  • Determine which creditors’ claims are legitimate and pay off those creditors. The estate will also go towards paying for estate bills, funeral expenses, debts, and taxes.
  • Petition the court to have the rest of the assets transferred to beneficiaries stated in the decedents will.

If the decedent didn’t have a will, the court will follow the state intestate succession laws.

Contact us today.

Whether you are able to avoid probate or must go right through it, we are available to resolve your issue. We can help you through even the most complex probate process. Call us today at 850-659-2230 to schedule an appointment.

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8.6Jennifer Hanson Copus
Office Location
  • Fort Walton Beach Office
    25 Walter Martin Road, Suite 200
    Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
    Phone: 850-609-1433
    Fax: 850-609-1503