Ancillary Probate And International Probate

Florida is a vacation and retirement hot spot. Many people own vacation homes in the state, splitting their time between Florida and their home state or country. When foreign individuals, or people in other states, who own Florida property pass away an ancillary probate proceeding needs to occur in Florida.

At Cantwell & Goldman, PA, we provide the local, on-the-ground support needed to administer Florida-based property after a death.

What Is Ancillary Probate?

Ancillary probate administration follows the same steps as normal probate proceedings:

  • All of the deceased's Florida property needs to be identified and valued.
  • Property creditors — such as banks and other lenders — must be notified and paid.
  • The Florida estate and any estate planning documents must be submitted to probate court.
  • If probate occurred in the deceased's home state, a transcript of those proceedings will also be submitted to the Florida probate court.

If there is a will, the property will pass in accordance with those terms. However, if the deceased passed away without a valid will, the property will pass in accordance with Florida's intestacy laws.

A Skilled, Local Team

At Cantwell & Goldman, PA, we are often called upon by personal representatives, attorneys working in other states and foreign solicitors for assistance with the Florida probate process. Our lawyers are highly skilled in estate administration — we know the laws and how to navigate the local courts' systems in the most efficient manner possible.

Our lawyers also represent clients when disputes arise over the validity of the will, the administration of the estate or other issues surrounding the Florida-based property or proceedings.

Contact Us For More Information

For more information about ancillary probate and our services, call 866-583-9129 or contact us online. From our offices in Melbourne and Cocoa, we provide ancillary probate administration services to clients throughout the country and around the globe.