Yergey and Yergey, P.A. represents personal representatives (known as “executors” or “administrators” in some states), which are persons appointed to manage the estate of a decedent through the probate process and the management of an estate’s assets. When a loved one passes away, his or her estate often goes through a court-managed process (called “probate”) where the assets of the deceased are managed and distributed. If your loved-one owned his or her assets through a well drafted and properly funded living trust, probate may be unnecessary, though the successor trustee needs to administer the distribution of the deceased’s assets. The length of time needed to complete the probate of an estate depends on the size and complexity of the estate and the local rules and schedule of the probate court.

Every probate estate is unique, but most involve the following steps:

  • Filing of a petition with the proper probate court

  • Notice to heirs under the Will or to statutory heirs (if no Will exists)

  • Petition to appoint Personal Representative for the estate

  • Inventory and appraisal of estate assets by Personal Representative

  • Payment of estate debt to rightful creditors

  • Sale of estate assets

  • Payment of estate and income taxes, if applicable

  • Payment of costs of administration (attorney, appraisers, accountants, etc.)

  • Final distribution of assets to heirs

Estate Administration 

Yergey and Yergey, P.A., is committed to providing clients with comprehensive legal advice and representation in the necessary and proper procedures pertaining to probate and estate administration, all the while being efficient and orderly in the execution of the matters. We specialize in many areas of probate and estate administration:

  • Probate of wills

  • Administration of testate estates (There is a will)

  • Administration of intestate estates (There is no Will)

  • Administration of ancillary estates, both testate and intestate

  • For families involved in medical malpractice and/or wrongful death actions, the administration of the estate of the family member

  • Estate litigation concerning will contest, breach of fiduciary duty, removal of a personal representative, and/or competing petitions for appointment as personal representative

Estate Litigation

We are aware of the disharmony that can sometimes surface among the surviving family. Our skills and efficiency attempt to minimize such disharmony by following the proper procedures and law. Yergey and Yergey, P.A., instills the trust you need and expect to handle the important emotional matters relating to the death of your loved one. Contact Yergey and Yergey, P.A. at (407) 843-0430 or click here to schedule an appointment to review your family situation and explain the various options available to you.

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Probate attorney serving clients throughout Central Florida and statewide in areas such as Winter Park, Clermont, Oviedo, Winter Garden, Windermere, Bay Hill, Lake Nona, Maitland, Longwood, Lake Mary, DeLand, Melbourne, Deltona, Orange County, Seminole County, Osceola County, Lake County, Polk County, Brevard County, Volusia County, Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Sumter County, Alachua County, Citrus County and Marion County.