"Probating an estate" is a legal process which determines the value of a deceased person's property and its distribution to heirs pursuant to Florida law.
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"Probating a will" means taking the legal steps necessary to assure a will is valid and to admit the will to probate.
There is no fee. To deposit a will means to place it with the Clerk for safekeeping.
No, it may not.
The law requires the original to be placed on deposit. The Clerk can make a certified copy of the will for a fee, which, for all legal purposes, takes the place of the original.
"Estate" refers to all property of a deceased person subject to a probate action.
Proceedings take place in the Circuit Court of the county where the decedent was domiciled or owned property.
Probate provides a method of converting assets to cash to be distributed to beneficiaries, or to pay creditors/taxes. Also, probate legally transfers ownership of real property. Probate determines who is entitled to share in the estate and to distribute the property to the proper parties.
Without a will, the deceased's property is distributed in accordance with Florida law.