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Florida Estate Administration Lawyer

Lost a Loved One and Need a Florida Estate Administration Attorney That Can Help You Settle Your Estate Efficiently and Lift the Stress and Burden of This Complex and Intimidating Process From Your Shoulders?

If you’ve been named Executor, Trustee, or have a loved one that died without a Will, and you are facing the challenges of Probate, Estate Administration, or Trust Administration, then you’re in the right place.

Why Choose Family First Firm?

  • Confidential Case Assessment – During your confidential assessment, we will listen to you and help you determine your next steps.
  • Highly Reviewed & Rated – Superb 10.0 rating on respected legal site AVVO, 5-star rating, with over 200 reviews on Google. See some of our reviews below.
  • Focused Legal Practice – Our firm focuses on Elder Law, wills, estate planning, elder law, asset protection, long-term care plans, and closely related areas.
  • No Hidden Fees – Know the costs before starting (in most situations).
  • Experienced – In our over 10 years in business, we’ve helped hundreds of families protect their legacy and plan for their future.
  • Custom Plans and Solutions – You and your family are unique. That’s why we don’t use fill-in-the-blank form documents. Your plan is YOUR Plan. Together we create plans that best fulfill your dreams and goals.
  • Highly Responsive – We strive for “freaky fast” returned client calls. No going dark or waiting days to hear back.
  • Proactive Approach – We help clients to prevent legal problems and mistakes before they happen.
  • Client Education Focused – You’ll get a clear & concise understanding of each step in the process.
  • We’re Here For You Afterwards – After creating your plan, we periodically check in with you and keep you informed and can meet to review changes in your assets, situation, or wishes.
Nothing is more difficult than losing a loved one. Immediately afterward, no worse time exists to navigate the legal, financial, and tax complexities of probate and estate administration. We understand and know how emotional and stressful this can be. We help you honor your loved one’s wishes and settle their estate properly and efficiently.

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Why Clients Hire Us for Estate Administration

  • If You Don’t Know the Laws or Paperwork
    Probate laws, and the forms used, are written in a detailed and hard-to-understand language. Many things in probate are not intuitive. Also, they must be achieved in a particular order. Failure to properly and timely accomplish tasks could cause you to be liable personally or at a minimum, cause delays.
  • To Avoid or Minimize Family Disputes
    Family members may simply disagree on how to handle inherited property. When a lawyer is involved, these issues are often minimized or avoided altogether.
  • For Protection
    As your attorney, we help protect the executor from personal liability for paying the debts and taxes of the deceased.
  • Allows You to Focus on Your Family and Job
    If you have little free time, getting help from a law firm saves you time.
  • Reduce Your Stress
    Why guess or hope you are not doing things incorrectly? We know the process, and we often carry the burden, so you do not have to worry throughout the process.
  • Your Reputation Can Be at Stake
    If you were named the executor, you have a duty to act in the estate’s and heirs’ best interest. If you fail in your duty, don’t pay taxes when due, or fail to keep heirs informed, you can be liable personally. An attorney ensures you do things properly.
  • Savings and Speed
    Minimizes court supervision of the executor and saves money by reducing or eliminating amounts the deceased owes creditors. Expedites sale of real and personal property and saves legal fees for the court to confirm the sale. It is not uncommon that the investment in a probate attorney more than pays for itself, and the estate ends up actually having more money than it otherwise would have.
  • When Estate Assets are Complicated
    Certain assets such as real estate, art, or a business can create complications or additional steps like obtaining appraisals, protecting, and insuring the asset. We have handled many of these situations in the past to help maximize what the heirs received.

Estate Administration in Florida

There are many facets involved in the administration of an estate in Florida. Our offices will assist in handling the following:

  • Establishing the validity of the Last Will and Testament (if any)
  • Obtaining Florida letters of administration appointing someone to serve as personal representative of the estate
  • Gathering and listing the decedent’s assets
  • Paying all of the decedent’s outstanding debts
  • Distributing the remainder of the decedent’s assets to his or her beneficiaries or heirs at law

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Make It Simple

Legislation has made the probate process as painless as possible, but there are always hiccups along the way. We’ll take the stress out of it by helping when wills are challenged, documents are lost, or creditors get confused.

Save Your Pockets

The law can be confusing, especially in times of grief, and people might try to exploit your situation. We ensure that doesn’t happen and provide complete clarity about your affairs. We also make probate faster, so you pay less in court fees.

Protect Yourself

We understand the loss of a loved one is difficult and painful. We never want you to put off your own care for a lengthy, contested probate. We’re committed to supporting you and ensuring the process goes as smoothly as possible.

Client Reviews – Family First Firm

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Actual Words Clients Have Used to Describe Us & Their Experience:

“I will recommend this firm to all my friends and clients,” “Family First Firm is top notch!,” “every single staff member is brilliant, kind, and caring,” “Geoff Hoatson is the real deal and treats his clients and colleagues with professionalism and compassion,” “The firm fosters a culture of respect and diligence combined with a fun and pleasant environment,” “extremely helpful and made a number of highly useful suggestions,” “I would absolutely refer my friends to this firm in the future,” “Family First has been my go to for any matters outside my scope of practice specifically elder law affairs,” “I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from their experience with their services,” “Family First is dependable, responsive, professional and always willing to help even with the most complex cases,” “Family First is an Elder Law Firm we without any hesitation can certainly trust and refer our residents and family members,” “They, at all times, provide everlasting support to our Nursing Home Residents in an always understanding and supportive charisma,” “This group has been such a blessing to our family,” “very professional, knowledgeable, honest and above all caring throughout our journey,” “If you need assistance with Medicaid, call immediately,” “Family First Firm is THE BEST at Medicaid qualification, guardianship and all estate or financial planning for seniors!,” “I cannot praise them enough for what they do,” “professional, passionate, compassionate and knowledgeable,” “a great team of folks that really go above and beyond for their clients,” “Family First Firm and everyone who works there are totally outstanding,”

If these things are what you are looking for in a law firm, then contact us to see how we can help you and your family.

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Our Location

We help families locally within or near the Orange County Area.

Locally we serve Orlando, Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Longwood, Apopka, Lake Mary, Clermont, Deland, Kissimmee, Windermere Oviedo, Winter Springs, Groveland, Casselberry, Celebration, Lake Nona and many other locations.

What To Do Now:

We welcome your questions and want to understand your situation to help you move forward and achieve the peace of mind that comes with having everything done properly and efficiently. Don’t let everything you’ve worked for just slip away due to a lack of proper planning. Invest the time now to learn your options by speaking with us and making the choices that best protect your legacy and wishes. Call us for one-on-one assistance at (407) 574-8125 with your questions, a description of your situation, or to schedule a consultation. You may also simply fill out the form above on this page. Your form will be directly emailed to our office. You can expect a reply within 1 business day and often within hours the same day. All information is confidential.

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Orlando Office

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1901 W Colonial Dr,
Orlando, FL 32804

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Altamonte Springs Office

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By Appointment Only

715 Douglas Ave Suite# 40,
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

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