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Wills and Probate

Knowledgeable Hollywood Estates Attorneys Draft and Probate Wills

Florida lawyers advise and represent testators and personal representatives

Seyba Law PLLC provides a full range of services for wills: drafting, review, amendment, revocation, execution and probate. We provide reliable guidance for clients creating wills, known as testators, and personal representatives, commonly referred to as executors. Our experience in the probate court, resolving issues related to the validity of wills, enables us to provide practical advice for testators from all walks of life. Similarly, our work in the formation of wills gives us keen insight into how executors should interpret various aspects of a will that may initially seem unclear. Whether you are a testator formulating an estate plan or a personal representative implementing a decedent’s wishes, Seyba Law PLLC can simplify many complex aspects of the tasks before you. We offer pertinent and personal legal advice to obtain the results you need in a timely manner with the least stress possible.

Executing a valid and effective will

Executing a valid will is rather simple; executing an effective will takes a bit more work. The probate court approves a will if it finds the document was executed intentionally and freely by a person of sound mind, is written in clear, unambiguous language and is signed and witnessed. That’s really the easy part. To be effective, your will must be comprehensive, covering the full range of your worldly possessions and your deepest concerns, and contemplating various contingencies. We work closely with you to memorialize your intentions completely and instructing that they be carried out in the most efficient manner possible.

Once executed, your will remains your final statement of your intentions until you amend or revoke it. We recommend reviewing your will every three to five years and updating it to reflect your current wishes.

Probate attorneys guide personal representatives through every step of the process

Most personal representatives have never probated a will; many are surprised to learn the decedent’s will named them as the responsible party. We provide indispensable service for representatives who have no prior experience in the probate court on matters that include:

  • Filing the will with the Florida probate court
  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously settling the estate
  • Finding and assembling assets
  • Pay creditors and claimants
  • Collecting amounts owed the estate
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying current and delinquent taxes as well as estate taxes
  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring experts, when appropriate

Personal representatives can easily make mistakes due to inexperience, stress and hasty decisions. This can be costly, as they can be held personally liable for beneficiaries’ losses. We guide representatives through every step of the probate process, with reliable, detailed advice, so they can settle the testator’s estate as efficiently, quickly and easily as possible.

Capable management of probate disputes

Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between disappointed beneficiaries and the will’s personal representative. When representing them, our attorneys demonstrate the utmost professionalism in negotiations and in the courtroom. Whether the issue is a will challenge or an accusation of mismanagement of estate assets, we advocate vigorously for the testator’s estate and the executor.

Contact our experienced and knowledgeable probate lawyers

Seyba Law PLLC provides will and probate court services in Hollywood and throughout Florida. Call us at 954-947-2841 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

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  • Hollywood Office
    3325 Hollywood Blvd.
    Suite 500
    Hollywood, Florida 33021
    Phone: 954-947-2841
    Fax: 954-272-7657
  • Miami Office
    1001 Brickell Bay Drive
    Suite 2700-F6
    Miami, Florida 33131
    Phone: 305-849-4742