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Tampa Probate Administration Lawyers

Experienced Florida Probate Attorneys

If your spouse or parent has died while residing in Florida and has left behind assets that were not placed into a trust, you will probably have to settle his or her estate through probate. An experienced attorney can do much to make this process go as smoothly as possible.

At The Yates Law Firm, P.A., our experienced Tampa probate administration attorneys provide clients with compassionate representation and attention to detail. Our founding attorney, Carla B. Yates, has been practicing probate law in Florida for over 20 years.

Carefully Guiding Families Through the Process

The first step family members should take after the death of a loved one is to locate the current version of his or her will. If no will exists, the estate still must go through probate if the decedent owns assets in his or her name alone. A lawyer representing the personal representative (executor) can guide the estate through probate by taking the following steps:

  • Filing the required documents with the court
  • Representing the personal representative in court
  • Arranging for payment of debts
  • Coordinating the distribution of the estate according to the provisions of the will

It typically takes between six months and a year after the probate process begins before assets can be distributed. A comprehensive estate plan incorporating a trust or other probate avoidance mechanism can eliminate this delay for family members and loved ones.

A Strong Reputation for Compassionate, Diligent Probate Administration

Our firm is known throughout the Tampa Bay area for our diligent work in the area of probate administration. Attorney Carla B. Yates frequently serves as a court-appointed representative in these cases, reflecting the trust that local probate judges have in her abilities.

Because we also handle probate litigation on a regular basis, we are able to provide skilled representation if someone contests your loved one's will or if other disputes arise.

We take care of the "housekeeping details" of probate so you can focus on the many more important matters that arise following the death of a spouse, parent or other loved one. To schedule a consultation, please call us at 813-463-8744 or 888-450-2930 or send us an e-mail.

We assist clients with estate planning by preparing wills and trusts with the goal of establishing an orderly plan for the distribution of assets - during the client's life and following the client's death - according to the client's wishes.

— Carla B. Yates