Attorneys at VanNess & VanNess, P.A., have extensive knowledge of estate planning strategies that guides us through the administration of estates and trusts — even in complex matters involving sophisticated assets.

As an established estate planning law firm serving central Florida, we understand the need for professional conduct by all parties involved in estate, probate and trust administration. We are members of the Real Property, Probate and Trust section of the Florida Bar, and we are well respected in the legal community.

Staying Current With The Law

At VanNess & VanNess, P.A., our attorneys are diligent about keeping up with changes in Florida's laws regarding estate and trust administration issues as well as federal laws governing estate taxes and federal gift taxes.

Probate Under Florida Law

Probate is a court-supervised process that disposes of a person's estate after death by paying off creditors and distributing assets to heirs or beneficiaries. Under Florida law, if the decedent has a will, it must be filed with the probate court, and all assets owned solely by the decedent are made available for distribution according to the will if there is no designated beneficiary on an account or policy. Assets that have been designated to a trust are not subject to probate.

Our attorneys have in-depth familiarity with this process and have guided countless families through the probate and trust administration process.

Trust Administration

We offer our clients the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their legacy is in good hands. When the time comes for a trust to fulfill its purposes, we advise beneficiaries and fiduciaries of their rights and obligations and remain vigilant to see that the trust is administered both efficiently and effectively. We reliably oversee every detail, from preparation of necessary tax documents to supervising a full accounting when a trust is dissolved or exhausted. We also have the experience to anticipate potential disputes and quickly assess legal options for defending the trust's purpose and protecting beneficiaries.

To contact the attorneys at VanNess & VanNess, P.A., regarding the probate or trust administration process, call us toll free at 866-697-6221 to schedule a confidential consultation. You may also complete our convenient online contact form.