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Fort Myers Probate Attorney

Compassionate Probate Representation in Lee County

Losing a loved one is never easy, no matter the circumstances, and the last thing you want to worry about in the following days and weeks is the bureaucracy of administrating a family member’s estate. However, probate matters require representation by an attorney. Hiring a capable legal professional can make this ill-timed process easier.

At The Law Office of Kelly L. Fayer, P.A., we are passionate about helping members of our community efficiently navigate these difficult moments. Our Fort Myers probate lawyer will work to guide you through the legal process as quickly and painlessly as possible. We have many years of experience working with personal representatives to manage all aspects of estate administration, including any disputes or complications that may arise. Our firm also assists family members from other states who need assistance navigating Florida probate. 

Call (239) 208-0189 or contact us online to request an initial consultation.

How Probate Works in Florida

When a person passes away, someone – typically the personal representative named in their will – must contact the appropriate court and ask to start probate. The court will evaluate the will (if one exists) and generally appoint the deceased’s requested personal representative to oversee the process. If there is no valid will, the court will choose an alternate personal representative, typically the most immediate surviving family member.

The personal representative will be responsible for many important estate administration tasks, including:

  • Gathering, inventorying, and appraising estate assets
  • Notifying heirs, beneficiaries, and creditors
  • Reviewing and paying valid creditor claims (using estate funds)
  • Filing and paying the deceased person’s assets (using estate funds)
  • Communicating and filing paperwork with the probate court
  • Representing the estate in any disputes
  • Distributing assets to beneficiaries

Assets cannot be given to beneficiaries until all other matters are settled and the personal representative gets permission from the probate court. Depending on the size and contents of the estate, one or more probate strategies may be available to expedite this process. Our Fort Myers probate attorney can help personal representatives explore and pursue these options.

If you have been named as a personal representative in your loved one’s will and are not sure what to do next, do not hesitate to call (239) 208-0189 or contact us online. Our firm regularly serves clients in Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Estero, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, and North Fort Myers.

  • "I would highly recommend her for any estate, wills, and preplanning, should an unexpected incident happen. She was kind, took her time, and explained everything in lawyer ease!"
    Carol Colombo
  • "Kelly is very compassionate and professional. She honestly cares about her clients."
    Nancy
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    Kelly L. Fayer

    "Kelly L. Fayer received her Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1997, and established her law firm in 2006. Dedicated to serving those in need, she won The Florida Bar Pro Bono Service Award for 2019, and was 1 of 20 attorneys in the state honored at the Florida Supreme Court."

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