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Experienced Florida trust and estates attorneys help guide you through the process

Probate follows what is typically a painful emotional loss. The knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorneys at Westchase Law know how to ease the stress of probate by guiding executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.

The process of probate

Most executors have rarely if ever probated a will and know little about the process. We can guide you through all aspects of probate, including:

  • Filing the will with the Florida probate court
  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
  • Finding and collecting assets
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying estate taxes
  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring experts, when appropriate

Valuing and managing the estate

Our attorneys assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. Our team of experts is available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.

Probate disputes

Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. Our attorneys’ professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally charged process of probating a challenged will, or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of our client to preserve cordial familial relationships, our attorneys are adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, we assertively defend our client’s beneficiary rights within the Florida probate court.

Contact our thorough estate planning lawyers

We serve clients in Tampa and throughout Florida. Call us at 813-534-0719 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

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  • Tampa Office
    12029 Whitmarsh Lane
    Tampa, Florida 33626
    Phone: 813-490-5211
    Fax: 813-441-8953
  • Downtown Tampa Office
    1219 North Franklin Street
    Tampa, Florida 33602
    Phone: 813-490-5211
    Fax: 504-581-7083
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