Probate is the term for court supervision of an estate from the first filings with the court through completion by discharge of the personal representative or curator. Beller Smith accepts representation of fiduciary clients in all varieties of probate matters in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, Broward, Martin Counties, and in all other counties within the State of Florida. We handle estate probates from modest to substantial. Our clients benefit from our commitment to client service as well as our in-depth knowledge of the Florida Probate Code, the Probate Rules, and Florida law relating to all probate matters. Beller Smith’s professional paralegal staff is utilized to maximize the efficiency of our services. We are dedicated to assisting our clients through every aspect of the probate process.

Representing Surviving Spouses

Surviving spouses often need legal representation to assert and secure their financial rights in connection with probate matters. We often represent spouses in connection with claims for elective share, family allowance, and exempt property. Beller Smith also represents creditors and other claimants in connection with claims against estates; financial and legal professionals in connection with fee disputes; beneficiaries in connection with claims against personal representatives; and interested persons and entities in any matter involving the probate of an estate.

Ancillary Estate Administration

Beller Smith handles many ancillary estate administrations for clients or co-counsel when a domiciliary estate may be administered in another state. We are fully versed in the requirements for ancillary administration in Florida, and we work cooperatively with our colleagues in other jurisdictions to effect prompt and cost-effective administration in Florida when required.