Palm City Probate Attorney
Understanding the Probate Process in Florida
If you recently lost a loved one, you may have been completely unfamiliar with the term "probate," let alone the procedures associated with it. Probate is a court-supervised process where a deceased person's assets are distributed to the heirs or beneficiaries according to the directions in the last will and testament, or if the deceased died without a will, according to Florida law. Not all estates will have to go through probate, it depends upon the assets that the decedent owned at the time of their death. For example, probate is necessary when a court order is required in order to transfer ownership of the deceased property or to distribute the estate's assets.
When the decedent owned property solely in his or her name at the time of death, probate will be necessary in order to transfer the title of the property to the heirs or the beneficiaries. In specific circumstances an estate can pass through a simplified proceeding called a Small Estate Proceeding, and we can help you determine if this process would apply to your situation.
Put 40 Years of Business & Legal Experience to Work for You
If you were appointed as the personal representative to settle the decedent's estate, it's critically important that you engage the services of Palm City probate attorney Jon L. Martin, Attorney at Law to assist you through the highly-involved process. With over 40 years of combined business and legal experience, attorney Martin can guide you through every step and ensure that you act in accordance with all applicable state laws, and you can gain peace of mind knowing the administration will be overseen by a highly competent professional who is protecting your best interests.
Will Contests and Probate Litigation in Palm City, FL
If you believe you will not receive your proper inheritance under a late loved one's will due to a legal problem, our firm can help you contest it. Surviving spouses, for example, are entitled to a portion of the estate and cannot be completely disinherited by the deceased spouse. Additionally, children may be able to seek inheritance if they were not included in the will because they were born after the creation of the will. From claiming a lack of capacity of the decedent to undue influence from another person, our firm can assist you in your probate litigation matters.
Asset Protection with Compassionate, Effective Help
We understand that your family is important to you, and we want to help you build a legacy. One aspect of your legacy is protecting your assets so that they can eventually be passed down to your loved ones. By investing in jointly owned property and taking advantage of the Florida Homestead Exemption, we can help you safeguard your property from creditors. One particularly beneficial asset protection tool is the trust. A trust may offer both asset protection benefits and tax advantages that may benefit you. We are skilled in the creation of trusts and, after carefully listening and understanding your unique situation, can advise you on the best methods to safeguard your legacy.
Legal Representation when Facing Bankruptcy in Florida
At Jon L. Martin, Attorney At Law, we are committed to safeguarding your family's financial future and helping you and your loved ones thrive financially in the present as well. Not only does our firm provide legal representation to those facing the probate process, but we are also dedicated in providing assistance to those facing bankruptcy in Florida. Often times, filing for bankruptcy may cause feelings of grief, embarrassment or guilt. If you are filing for bankruptcy, it is important to understand that you have not done anything wrong.
Our goal is to provide you with the necessary legal tools and knowledge needed to tackle the bankruptcy process and begin a new and fresh chapter in your life. By analyzing your debt and preparing the legal paperwork involved, our Palm City law firm can determine which bankruptcy type you are qualified for: this includes Chapter 7, Chapter 11 or Chapter 13. We are committed to defending your rights, with an objective of reaching the best possible solution for your bankruptcy needs.
Enlist the Assistance of Jon L. Martin, Attorney at Law
At Jon L. Martin, Attorney at Law, we believe clients come first and offer them the highest level of commitment through caring, individualized service. With experience in both the business and legal fields, our firm is unique because we understand the various issues that can be involved in the probate process as well as bankruptcy. The firm's principle legal counselor, Attorney Jon L. Martin earned his Juris Doctor as well as an MBA and understands that probate involves both legal and economic matters. If you would like to learn more about your specific case, complete a free case evaluation from
Jon L. Martin, Attorney at Law today.