In Florida, the process of probating assets outside of the original administration is called an Ancillary Probate Proceeding also known as an Ancillary Administration. This is a procedure to bring a subsequent probate administration in order to transfer title to Florida real estate or other assets located in Florida. It is only permitted where an original probate proceeding has been completed in another state where the deceased person resided at the time of their death.
The process works the same as an original probate proceeding except that the only asset of the ancillary probate proceeding is the Florida property or other assets located in Florida. The distribution to beneficiaries remains the same as directed in the will or according to intestate law.
In order to start a Broward Ancillary Probate or a Palm Beach Ancillary Probate we need exemplified copies of the probate proceeding from the jurisdiction of the deceased’s domicile state.
With Florida (especially Broward and Palm Beach Counties) being the second home capital of the nation, we frequently handle ancillary probate proceedings for out of state clients. If the plan for the estate is to dispose of the Florida property by sale, it is always preferable to begin the process as soon as possible. This avoids a delay in the closing when the buyer must wait for the Broward Ancillary Probate or a Palm Beach Ancillary Probate to be completed before the sale can close.
Please call the office to speak with someone regarding your Broward Ancillary Probate or a Palm Beach Ancillary Probate. We can review your particular circumstances and give you an idea of what will be required and the time it will take to complete your Broward Ancillary Probate or a Palm Beach Ancillary Probate. Most times we can handle everything by phone or by mail although we wouldn’t blame you for visiting sunny South Florida in person.
The Law Offices of Oates & Oates, P.A., has been assisting clients with their probate needs since 1978. Please call and speak with Thomas D. Oates to see whether we can help you as well. You can reach me by phone at 954-942-6500 or by calling our probate staff direct line at 954-942-6504. We look forward to speaking with you.