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What are the Estate’s Obligations to Estate Creditors? (Florida)

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One of the primary purposes of probate is to ensure that the decedent’s debts are paid in an orderly fashion. The personal representative must use diligent efforts to give actual notice of the probate proceeding to “known or reasonably ascertainable” creditors. This gives the creditors an opportunity to file claims in the decedent’s probate estate if any. Creditors who receive notice of the probate administration generally have three months to file a claim with the clerk of the circuit court. The personal representative, or any other interested persons, may file an objection to the statement of claim. If an objection is filed, the creditor must file a separate independent lawsuit to pursue the claim. A claimant who files a claim in the probate proceeding must be treated fairly as a person interested in the probate estate until the claim has been paid or until the claim is determined to be invalid.

The legitimate debts of the decedent, specifically including proper claims, taxes, and expenses of the administration of the decedent’s probate estate, must be paid before distributions are made to the decedent’s beneficiaries. The Court will require the personal representative to file a report to advise of any claims filed in the probate estate and will not permit the probate estate to be closed unless those claims have been paid or otherwise disposed of.

* Lacombe Avocats offers several types of services related to the liquidation of an estate:

1) a turnkey estate liquidation service and carries out each of the steps for you at a flat rate: 5% of the value of the estate;

2) A support service for liquidators, ideal for occasional consultations: 10 a.m. block at $1500, 8 p.m. block at $2800

3) A written legal opinion service to answer specific questions: from $450.

4) A 30-minute telephone consultation ($150).

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