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Need Help Administering A Florida Estate Or Trust?

The probate and estate administration process can be complex and time-consuming. You may not even know where to start. Or perhaps you already started and realized you need help.

I am JoAnne Daudt, an attorney with 30 years of experience in estate law, including probate and trust administration. I can guide you through all the duties of administering your loved one’s estate. I offer a free initial consultation at 954-546-7861.

Do you live out of state? If your loved one lived here in Broward County but you are not a Florida resident, we can handle many of the tasks via mail and email so you do not have to make so many trips down here.

What Is Probate And What Are The Duties?

Probate is the court-supervised process for the disposition of a person’s estate when they die. As the personal representative of the estate, your probate and estate administration responsibilities may include:

  • Opening the estate in probate court
  • Gathering the assets of the deceased
  • Paying taxes and debts of the estate
  • Liquidating property if necessary to pay creditors
  • Distributing the remaining assets to heirs and beneficiaries
  • Final accounting and reporting requirements

What Is Trust Administration?

Assets held in a trust bypass the probate process. Instead, an appointed administrator (trustee) manages the trust fund. It’s a complex and daunting responsibility. I provide close counsel to help you carry out your duties and avoid legal trouble for “breach of trust.”

Trust administration may include managing investments, transferring real estate, filing annual taxes, making distributions to beneficiaries, and maintaining a detailed accounting. Some trusts are dissolved shortly after the person’s death once all assets are distributed. Other trusts are an ongoing commitment, doling out assets in annual increments and requiring fund management and reporting. With three decades in this field, I am well-versed in all types of trusts and the legal obligations.

Put My Experience To Work For You

My role is to make the probate and trust administration process as simple and efficient as possible for you. I provide step-by-step guidance as you work through your list of tasks over the next several months. I am here to help when you encounter roadblocks or disputes in the performance of your fiduciary duties.

Whether you were named in a will or appointed by the court as personal representative or trustee, you can count on JoAnne Larson Daudt, P.A., for solid legal counsel. Based in Fort Lauderdale, I can assist with estate administration throughout Florida. To schedule a free consultation, call me at 954-546-7861 or contact me online.