May 25, 2017

Probate & Wrongful Death

Under Florida’s Wrongful Death act, a wrongful death case cannot move forward without a “Personal Representative” being appointed to administer the decedent’s estate. This appointment represents the beginning of a complex process that will settle the decedent’s debts, distribute property to heirs and/or estate beneficiaries,  and attribute wrongful death litigation proceeds to the decedent’s estate and survivors.

Understanding the interplay between probate and civil litigation is crucial  to 1) maximize your client’s net settlement, 2) efficiently resolve the claim while protecting your own fees, and 3) obtain court approval as required by Florida law. Florida Probate Law Group will guide your firm through the probate process, avoiding pitfalls and ensuring a smooth settlement.

Below, find useful resources and information regarding probate and wrongful death:

Avoiding Liens in Wrongful Death Cases

Dividing Attorney’s Fees for Competing Survivor’s Claims in Wrongful Death Cases

Securing Authority to Sue in Wrongful Death Cases

Designating Damages under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act

Wrongful Death Damages Statute

Personal Representative – Duties and Obligations