When someone dies, the estate of the deceased may go through the probate process to legally transfer the property to the heirs, pay any lingering debts and close the affairs of the deceased. While this sounds simple, the probate process can be complex, especially if issues or conflicts arise among the heirs. Barring these complications, however, estate administration generally follows a logical pattern.
Probate often seems mysterious, and many in Florida may not understand its importance. In fact, it may seem like a long, drawn-out process that simply delays the time in which the heirs can receive their inheritance. However, probate has many vital steps that work together to ensure that the right people get what they deserve from the estate. Having a basic understanding of probate can help those who are facing the aftermath of a loved one's death.