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Probate Law Fort Myers

Are you looking for assistance with probate law in Fort Myers? Brian J Downey, PA is here to assist you to ensure the probate process goes smoothly. Probate law deals with the legal process which handles the assets and debts that are left behind after someone passes.  Whenever someone has died with property in their name (the decedent’s property), a probate is necessary in order to transfer that property to the proper beneficiaries. If the decedent had a will, then the original will must be admitted to probate and will be the controlling document. If the decedent dies without a will, then Florida law dictates who the beneficiaries are and who has priority to act on behalf of the decedent’s estate. In either case, it is advisable to hire an experienced Florida attorney to handle the matters and make sure you’re proceeding properly with the probate process, as probate laws are often complex.

Brian J. Downey, P.A. will work with you to help make the probate process to go through smoothly.  Since 2008, Brian and his team have been providing comfort and assistance to clients in Fort Myers and surrounding areas who have lost a loved one. They are dedicated to delivering superior services and unmatched customer care.

In addition to helping you through the probate process, we can also assist with income and estate tax issues related to inheritances, as well as drafting or updating your estate plan moving forward.


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The Probate Process

  • Verifying the validity of a will, if it exists.
  • Selecting an executor for the estate.
  • Identifying all living heirs and relatives.
  • Totaling all assets and paying off debts.
  • Dividing all remaining assets among the heirs or as stated in the will.


As the executor of the estate, what do I need to do?

If you have been named the executor of the estate of a parent or loved one, your responsibility is the ensure the wishes of the deceased are honored, while also fulfilling the requirements of probate court. You will be responsible for ensuring that all assets are distributed correctly and efficiently. Other duties you may have could include selling real estate, filing a final tax income return, or making a life insurance claim. 

If you’re about to enter the probate courts, work with a professional attorney who puts you first.

Hire Brian J Downey, PA in Fort Myers, FL by calling (239) 321-6690 today. 

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