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 Florida, a “personal representative” is the person, bank or trust company appointed by the judge to be in charge of the administration of the decedent’s probate estate. To qualify to serve, an individual must be either a Florida resident or, regardless of residence, a spouse, sibling, parent, child or other close relative of the decedent, but most often families hire an attorney to manage the process seamlessly for them. Many legal issues arise, even in the simplest probate estate administration, and most of these issues will be novel and unfamiliar to non-attorneys. The Tessier Law Firm can lead you smoothly through this stressful process.