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What Exactly Is Probate And Why Is It Important To You?

  • Published: April 23, 2018
What Exactly Is Probate And Why Is It Important To You?

Raise your hand if you know what the word probate means. Few of you probably raised your hands.

Legal-speak is sometimes hard on the ears. Technical terms may intimidate or bewilder those outside the profession. But, nonetheless, matters of the law are vitally important.

Sometimes for the sake of precision, legal analysts employ what may appear as complicated words. But the definition of probate is relatively simple. It initiates the legal process of managing the estate of someone who has died. The process of probate helps resolve legal claims against the person and dictates how property and resources are distributed both under a will and when no will is in place.

A lifelong resident of Marion County, Florida, Stanley Plappert specializes in probate administration. He can guide you through the legal process of creating a will and can steer you through the world of probate law.

How Does Probate Work?


After the death of a person, that person’s estate – property, bank and investment accounts, trusts – are required to go through probate. A judge in a probate court oversees the process and, if a will had been established, the judge determines whether the case should go through the process. Without a will, the judge appoints a representative to distribute the person’s estate according to what’s called the law of Descent and Distribution. This law directs the distribution of the person’s estate based on “hereditary succession” – or next of kin.

Generally, the process of probate involves collecting the person’s assets, paying debts and taxes and administering what’s left to the heirs. State laws, which vary, govern probate procedures.

The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association introduced the Uniform Probate Code in 1969 in an effort to simplify the process of probate.

Sixteen states, including Florida, have adopted the code.

Would you like to talk further about the probate and the importance of creating a legally binding will?

Don’t hesitate to give Stanley Plappert a call. He doesn’t charge for consultations; he will give you an overview of your issue. Office hours are 8:30 AM to 5 PM., Monday through Friday. Legal services include probate, estate planning (last will and testament, living will, medical power of attorney, power of attorney) and real estate.

Stanley Plappert

Stanley Plappert is a life-long resident of Ocala/Marion County Florida.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and received his
law degree from The University of Florida College of Law in 1990. Read More

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