ALLEN WEST LAW OFFICE
SERVING TAMPA, RIVERVIEW, RUSKIN, BRANDON, SUN CITY CENTER & ZEPHYRHILLS
TEL: (813) 413-9115
FAX: (813) 413-9116
Probate is a court-supervised process for identifying and gathering the assets of a deceased
person (decedent), paying the decedent’s debts, and distributing the decedent’s assets to his
or her beneficiaries. In general, the decedent’s assets are used first to pay the cost of the
probate proceeding and then are used to pay the decedent’s outstanding debts. The
remainder is distributed to the decedent’s beneficiaries.
There are two types of probate administration under Florida law: formal administration and
summary administration. There is also a non-court supervised administration proceeding
called "Disposition of Personal Property Without Administration." This type of administration
only applies in limited circumstances.
Probate administration only applies to probate assets. Probate assets are those assets that
the decedent owned in his or her sole name at death, or that were owned by the decedent and
one or more co-owners and lacked a provision for automatic succession of ownership at death.
WHY IS PROBATE NECESSARY?
Probate is necessary to pass ownership of the decedent’s probate assets to the decedent’s
beneficiaries. If the decedent left a valid will, unless the will is admitted to probate in the Court,
it will be ineffective to pass ownership of probate assets to the decedent’s beneficiaries. If the
decedent had no will, probate is necessary to pass ownership of the decedent’s probate
assets to those persons who are to receive them under Florida law.
Law Office of C. Allen West, P.L.
10018 Water Works Lane
Riverview FL 33578
(813) 413-9115 EXT 107 | Fax: (813)413-9116
The Law Office of C. Allen West, P.L. provides guardianship, elder law, estate planning, probate
services and personal injury in the Tampa area. We serve Tampa, Riverview, Sun City Center,
Brandon, Ruskin, Zephyrhills and the surrounding areas. We offer guardianship, probate and
trust services to clients statewide as well as nationwide.
For more information regarding probate and estate administration, please call us at (813) 413-9115 Ext 107 or you may also click here to contact us for an in-office
consultation regarding your legal needs.
Probate Attorney Allen West serving Riverview, Brandon, Ruskin, Sun City Center and the Tampa area.