Yes, you do.
Florida requires a Personal Representative (Executor) to retain a lawyer for the purpose of probating an estate, and there are good reasons. Probate can be complicated, and a Personal Representative may be personally responsible for any missteps.
Following the correct notice procedures, marshaling assets, providing for the payment of creditors, assuring proper distributions are being made, all while conserving estate assets, render the estate attorney an essential resource in a proper estate administration.
For an estate valued under $75,000, a summary administration may be appropriate. Summary Administrations award specific assets to specific individuals or entities, depending on the will or, if none, according to a statutory scheme. No Personal Representative (Executor) need be appointed. Here again, Florida law requires that an attorney must represent the estate in seeking Summary Administration.
If you have any questions about how to manage a probate estate, feel free to call for a free consultation. Choosing the right attorney is a significant decision, and you should feel comfortable that the attorney you select has the knowledge and experience to meet your needs and a personality with which you feel comfortable.
If you need an attorney who has the experience and knowledge to protect your best interests inside and outside of the courtroom, contact The Law Office of Richard S. Weinstein, P.A. by calling 561-745-3040 or use our convenient online contact form. We welcome your questions regarding our South Florida legal services and look forward to assisting you with your legal needs.