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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FLORIDA PROBATE

   

What is probate and estate administration?

1. WHAT IS PROBATE IN FLORIDA?

2. WHAT ARE FLORIDA PROBATE ASSETS?

3. WHY IS PROBATE NECESSARY IN FLORIDA?

4. WHAT IS A LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT?

5. WHAT HAPPENS TO PROBATE ASSETS IF THERE IS NO WILL IN PROBATE?

6.  WHO IS INVOLVED IN THE PROBATE PROCESS IN FLORIDA?

7. WHERE ARE PROBATE PAPERS FILED IN FLORIDA?

8. WHO SUPERVISES THE PROBATE ADMINISTRATION IN FLORIDA?

9. WHAT IS A PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE (WILL EXECUTOR), AND WHAT DOES THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE DO?

10. WHO CAN BE A PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE IN FLORIDA?

11. WHO HAS PREFERENCE TO BE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE?

12. WHY DOES THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE NEED A FLORIDA PROBATE ATTORNEY?

13. HOW ARE ESTATE CREDITORS HANDLED?

14. HOW IS THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE ("IRS") INVOLVED?

15. HOW IS THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE INVOLVED?

16. WHAT RIGHTS DO THE SURVIVING FAMILY HAVE IN THE PROBATE ESTATE UNDER THE FLORIDA LAW OF PROBATE?

17. WHAT RIGHTS DO OTHER POTENTIAL BENEFICIARIES (OTHER THAN THE SURVIVING SPOUSE AND CHILDREN UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES) HAVE IN THE PROBATE ESTATE?

18. HOW LONG DOES FLORIDA PROBATE TAKE UNDER FLORIDA LAW?

19. HOW ARE PROBATE FEES DETERMINED UNDER FLORIDA LAW?

20. WHAT ALTERNATIVES ARE AVAILABLE TO FORMAL PROBATE ADMINISTRATION?

21. WHAT IF THERE IS A REVOCABLE LIVING TRUST?

1.     WHAT IS PROBATE IN FLORIDA? 

Under Florida law, p
robate is a court-supervised process for identifying and gathering the decedent's probate assets, paying taxes, claims and expenses and distributing assets to beneficiaries. The Florida Probate Code is found in Chapters 731 through 735 of the Florida Statutes.

Florida probate law establishes two types of Florida probate administration for the administration of estates:

a)      Formal Probate Administration, with which most of this information deals and

b)      Summary Probate Administration

The Florida law of probate also establishes a non-administration proceeding called "Disposition of Personal Property Without Administration."  (Back to Top of Page)

If you need a Florida probate lawyer for a probate in Ponte Vedra Beach, or St. Johns County, Florida, please call us toll free at 866-510-9099, or Contact Us.

2.     WHAT ARE PROBATE ASSETS?  

Generally, probate assets are those assets titled in the decedent's sole name at death or otherwise owned solely by the decedent and which contain no provision for automatic succession of ownership at death. For example:

·        a bank account in the sole name of a decedent is a probate asset and is subject to probate, but a bank account held in-trust-for (ITF) another, or held jointly with rights of survivorship (JTWROS) with another, is not a probate asset and is not subject to probate;

·        a life insurance policy, annuity or individual retirement account that is payable to a specific beneficiary is not a probate asset and is not subject to probate, but a policy payable to the decedent's estate is a probate asset and is subject to probate;

·       Florida real estate titled in the sole name of the decedent or as a tenant in common with another person, is a probate asset, and subject to probate (unless it is homestead), but real estate in Florida held as joint tenants with rights of survivorship or as tenants by the entirety is not a probate asset and is not subject to probate;

·        property owned by husband and wife as tenants by the entirety is not a probate asset on the death of the first spouse to die, but goes automatically to the surviving spouse.

This list is not exclusive but is intended to be illustrative of the types of assets involved in probate.  It may be necessary to legal advice from a Florida probate lawyer or attorney to determine what constitutes probate assets.

If you need a Florida probate lawyer in Ponte Vedra Beach, or St. Johns County, Florida, please call us toll free at 866-510-9099 or Contact Us.

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3. WHY IS PROBATE NECESSARY IN FLORIDA?  

Florida Probate is necessary to wind up the affairs the decedent leaves behind. It ensures that all of the decedent’s creditors are properly paid. Florida Probate also serves to transfer assets from the decedent's individual name to the proper beneficiary. Florida has had probate laws in force since becoming a state in 1845. The Florida law of probate, and the Florida probate code, provides for all aspects of the probate process, but allows the decedent to make certain decisions by leaving a valid last will and testament. (Back to Top of Page)

4. WHAT IS A LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT?  

A last will and testament is a written legal document, signed by the decedent and witnesses, that meets the formal requirements set forth by the Florida law of probate. A last will and testament usually designates a personal representative to administer the Florida probate estate and names beneficiaries to receive probate assets. A last will can also do other things, including establishing a testamentary trust and designating a trustee.

To the extent a last will properly devises probate assets and designates a personal representative, the will controls in probate over the automatic provisions set forth under Florida probate law. If the probate estate is without a will, or if the will fails in in any respect, Florida probate law, through the intestacy statute, designates the beneficiaries of the probate estate, and designates the way to select the personal representative (executor of the will). (Back to Top of Page)

5. WHAT HAPPENS TO PROBATE ASSETS IF THERE IS NO WILL IN PROBATE?  

Contrary to the belief of some, the decedent’s assets are not turned over to the State of Florida, if there is no will in probate, unless no intestate heirs can be found, pursuant to the Florida law of intestacy. If there is no will in probate, the assets of the decedent will be distributed to the intestate heirs as follows:

·        Surviving Spouse and No Lineal Descendants. If there is a surviving spouse and no lineal descendants, the surviving spouse takes all of the probate assets.

·        Surviving spouse and lineal descendants.

a)      If there is a surviving spouse and one or more lineal descendants (with the lineal descendants all being the lineal descendants of the surviving spouse as well as the decedent), the surviving spouse receives the first $60,000 of the probate estate plus one-half of the rest of the probate estate, and the lineal descendants share the remaining half of the probate assets.

b)      If there is a surviving spouse and one or more lineal descendants (one or more of which lineal descendants are not also lineal descendants of the surviving spouse), the surviving spouse receives one-half of the Florida probate assets and the lineal descendants share the remaining half of the probate assets.

·        No Surviving Spouse, But Lineal Descendants. If there is no surviving spouse, but there are lineal descendants, the lineal descendants share the estate, which is initially broken into shares at the children's level, with a deceased child's share going to the descendants of that deceased child.

·        No Surviving Spouse, No Lineal Descendants. If the decedent left no surviving spouse or lineal descendants, the probate property goes to the decedent's surviving parents, and if none, then to the decedent's brothers and sisters and descendants of any deceased brothers or sisters. The Florida probate code provides for further disposition if the decedent is survived by none of these.

·        Exceptions to Above. The above provisions are subject to certain exceptions for homestead property, exempt personal property, and a statutory allowance to the surviving spouse and any lineal descendants or ascendants the decedent supported. Regarding homestead, if titled in the decedent's name alone, the surviving spouse receives a life estate in the Florida homestead, with the lineal descendants of the deceased spouse receiving the Florida homestead property upon the death of the surviving spouse. If there are no lineal descendants, the surviving spouse receives full ownership of the Florida homestead outright.


One of the principal reasons for preparing a last will and testament is to properly provide for the distribution of assets in probate to a descendant who is a minor. As you can see, if one does not have a last will and testament, the intestacy statute provides for the distribution of assets to your lineal descendants. If those descendants are minors (under 18 years of age), before any assets can be distributed from the probate estate to the minor descendants, it is necessary for a Florida probate court supervised guardianship to be established on the assets that are being distributed to the minor beneficiary.

The Florida probate court will appoint someone to serve as the guardian of the property of the minor descendant(s). The guardian’s responsibility will be to manage the assets for the benefit of the minor descendant and see that it is used properly. However, it is necessary to get the Florida probate court approval for all expenditures on behalf of the minor descendant, until the child reaches 18 years of age. On the child’s 18th birthday, the Florida probate court is required by the Florida law of probate to distribute all of the assets, lump sum, outright to the 18 year old child.


Through a will, you can provide for a testamentary trust that is designed to hold all of the assets for any descendant who is less than 18 years of age, and who is to be distributed assets from your probate estate.  The trustee of that trust is given instructions by you, in the document, regarding the uses of the funds, and the amount of access the beneficiary is allowed to have to the income or the principal from the assets that you have allocated for the minor child.  You can provide for the management of the trust assets for the benefit of your descendants for up to 360 years.  You determine when the descendant(s) have access to the assets, and the purposes for which funds can be withdrawn from the trust.  You determine the timing and amounts of the distributions of the assets to each descendant.  You can spread the distributions out in multiple distributions with several years in between each distribution.  Or, you can provide for lifetime trusts that will provide substantial asset protection from the beneficiary’s creditors, including divorcing spouses, general creditors and even the IRS.  Through the use of such a testamentary trust, you can avoid having all of the assets left to a minor descendant be distributed in a lump sum at age 18.  (Back to Top of Page)

If you need a probate lawyer in Ponte Vedra Beach, or St. Johns County, Florida, please call us toll free at 866-510-9099 or Contact Us.

6.  WHO IS INVOLVED IN THE PROBATE PROCESS IN FLORIDA?  

While there may be others, the following is a list of persons or entities often involved in the Florida probate process pursuant to the Florida law of probate and the probate code:

Clerk of the Circuit Court (See Question 7).  The probate Clerk of the court serving Ponte Vedra and St. Johns County, is located at 4010 Lewis Speedway, St. Augustine, FL 32084.

• Circuit Court (acting through a Circuit Court Judge, See Question 8).  Ponte Vedra and St. Johns County, are a part of the 7th Judicial Circuit for Florida.  The Circuit Court is located at 4010 Lewis Speedway, St. Augustine, Florida 32084.

• Personal Representative (executor) (See Questions 9 through 11).

Florida Probate Lawyer or Attorney for the Personal Representative (See Question 12).

• Creditors or other Claimants (See Question 13).

• Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (See Question 14).

• Florida Department of Revenue (See Question 15).

• Surviving Spouse and Children (See Question 16).

• Other Beneficiaries (See Question 17).

Trustee of Revocable Trust (See Question 21).  (Back to Top of Page)

7. WHERE ARE PROBATE PAPERS FILED IN FLORIDA?  

Probate court forms, probate forms, and other papers and probate records are filed in probate with the Clerk of the Circuit Court (which is the Florida probate court) for St. Johns County, in St. Augustine, or for the county where the decedent lived. A probate filing fee must be paid to the probate clerk to commence the Florida probate administration. The clerk assigns a file number and maintains a docket sheet which lists all probate court forms, probate forms, and papers and probate records filed with the probate clerk for that Florida probate administration. The legal advice of a Florida probate lawyer or attorney is required by Florida law of probate for filing a formal probate administration or a summary probate administration.  If we can be of assistance to you with regard to a Ponte Vedra probate matter, please contact your Ponte Vedra lawyer for probate at 904-448-1969, toll free at 866-510-9099, or Contact Us.   (Back to Top of Page)

8. WHO SUPERVISES THE PROBATE ADMINISTRATION IN FLORIDA?  

A Circuit Court Judge presides over Florida probate proceedings in St. Johns County. The Florida probate judge appoints the personal representative in probate and issues "letters of administration," also referred to simply as "letters" or "letters testamentary."  This legal document shows to the world the authority of the personal representative to act on behalf of the Florida probate estate. The probate Judge also holds hearings in probate court when necessary and resolves all probate law questions raised during the administration of the Florida probate estate by entering written directions called "orders."  (Back to Top of Page)

9. WHAT IS A PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE, AND WHAT DOES THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE DO?  

The personal representative (executor of the will) is the person, bank or trust company in probate appointed by the Florida probate court to be in charge of the administration of the Florida probate estate. The generic term "personal representative" has replaced such terms as "executor, executrix, administrator and administratrix."

The personal representative is directed by the Florida probate court to administer the probate estate pursuant to the Florida probate code, the Florida law of probate, and the Florida probate rules of court. The personal representative's duties and responsibilities include:

• Identify, gather, value and safeguard probate assets and are in probate.

• Publish a "notice to creditors" in a local newspaper, giving notice to file with the probate court claims and other Florida court forms or other papers relating to the probate estate.

• Serve a "notice of administration" on specific persons, giving information about the probate estate administration and giving notice of requirements to file in the probate court any objections relating to the probate estate within the probate timeline.

• Conduct a diligent search to locate "known or reasonably ascertainable" creditors, and notify them of the probate timeline by which their claims must be filed with the court of probate.

• Object to improper claims and defend law suits brought in probate on such claims.

• Pay valid claims of the probate estate.

• File tax returns for the probate estate.

• Pay taxes owed by the probate estate.

• Employ necessary professionals to assist in the administration of the estate, including a Florida probate lawyer or attorney.

• Pay administrative expenses.

• Distribute statutory amounts or assets to the surviving spouse or family.

• Distribute assets to beneficiaries of the probate estate.

• Close probate administration with the court of probate.  (Back to Top of Page)

10. WHO CAN BE A PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE UNDER FLORIDA LAW?  

·        The personal representative in probate could be an individual, bank, or trust company, subject to certain restrictions as set forth in the Florida probate code.

·        An individual who is either a resident of Florida, or is a spouse, sibling, parent, child, or certain other close relatives, can serve as personal representative under the Florida law of probate.

·        A trust company incorporated under the laws of Florida, or a bank or savings and loan authorized and qualified to exercise fiduciary powers in Florida, can serve as personal representative (executor of the will).  (Back to Top of Page)

11. WHO HAS PREFERENCE TO BE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE?  

·        If the decedent left a valid will, the designated personal representative nominated in the will has preference to serve.

·        If the decedent left no will, the surviving spouse has preference, with second preference to the person selected by a majority in interest of the intestate heirs.  (Back to Top of Page)

12. WHY DOES THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE NEED A FLORIDA PROBATE ATTORNEY?  

In almost all instances the personal representative must be represented by a Florida probate lawyer or attorney. Many legal issues arise, even in the simplest Florida probate estate administration for which the personal representative needs legal advice in the administration of the estate.

The Florida probate attorney for the personal representative provides legal advice for the personal representative's duties and responsibilities under the Florida probate code, the Florida rules of probate procedure, and the Florida law of probate, and represents the personal representative in Florida probate estate proceedings in the court of probate.

The Florida probate lawyer or attorney for the personal representative is not the Florida probate lawyer or attorney for the beneficiaries.

A provision in a will mandating that a particular Florida probate lawyer, attorney, or law firm be employed as the Florida probate attorney for the personal representative is not binding on the personal representative. (Back to Top of Page)



13. HOW ARE ESTATE CREDITORS HANDLED? 

Prior to filing probate proceedings, a creditor can file a caveat with the probate court to be filed in the probate records. Upon publication of notice to creditors a creditor or other claimant may file a document called a "statement of claim" against the probate estate with the Clerk of the Circuit Court where the probate estate is being administered. This claim is generally required to be filed with the court of probate, within the probate timeline of the first three months of publication of a prescribed notice in a countywide newspaper. This three-month period is often referred to as the "non-claim period." The personal representative or any other interested person may file an objection to the statement of claim, after which the claimant must file a separate independent lawsuit to pursue the claim in the probate court.  A creditor, or interested person will find the legal advice of a Florida probate lawyer or attorney will be beneficial when filing caveats, statements of claim, objections to claims, and separate independent lawsuits in the probate court.

The personal representative (executor of the will) is required to use diligent efforts to give actual notice of the Florida probate proceeding to "known or reasonably ascertainable" creditors, to afford them an opportunity to file claims in probate. A valid claimant is not viewed as an adversary of the personal representative but rather must be treated fairly as a person interested in the estate until the claim has been satisfied or otherwise disposed of.  (Back to Top of Page)

14. HOW IS THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE ("IRS") INVOLVED? 

For federal income tax purposes, death triggers two things. It ends the decedent's last income tax year for purposes of filing a federal income tax return, and it establishes a new tax entity, the "estate."

The personal representative may be required to file the following returns, depending on income of the decedent, income of the estate and size of the estate:

·        Final Form 1040 income tax return, reporting income for the decedent's final tax year.

·        One or more Form 1041 income tax returns for the estate, reporting income for the estate.

·        Form 709 gift tax return(s), reporting certain gifts made by the decedent prior to death.

·        Form 706 estate tax return, reporting the gross estate and deductions, depending upon the value of the gross estate, to determine whether an estate tax (commonly referred to as the “death tax.”) will be due for the probate estate to pay out of the probate assets.

The personal representative may be required in probate to file other tax returns. Additionally, the personal representative has the responsibility to deal with issues arising from tax years prior to the decedent's death (including tax returns that were filed by the decedent or that should have been filed).

The personal representative has the responsibility to pay amounts due to the IRS from the decedent and the Florida probate estate and may be personally liable for those taxes if not properly paid from the estate assets. If a federal estate tax return is required to be filed, an estates taxes closing letter is necessary to clear title to Florida real property, and in some instances in order to close the probate administration with the Florida court of probate.  (Back to Top of Page)

15. HOW IS THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE INVOLVED?  

The personal representative (executor of the will) is required to send a copy of the probate inventory to the Florida Department of Revenue. If a federal estate tax return is not required to be filed with the IRS, then the personal representative is required to record in the public records (and file in a formal estate administration) an Affidavit of No Florida Estate Tax Due. If a federal estate tax return is required to be filed with the IRS, then the personal representative is required to file a Florida estate tax return, Form F-706, with the Florida Department of Revenue."

Regarding Florida's intangible tax, the Florida Department of Revenue may review the inventory to determine whether the estate, or the decedent while alive, failed to file a required intangible tax return or to pay intangible tax.

For probate estates required to file a Florida estate tax return, a nontaxable certificate or a tax receipt from the Florida Department of Revenue is required in order to clear title to Florida real property and in order to close a formal Florida probate administration with the Florida court of probate.  (Back to Top of Page)


16. WHAT RIGHTS DO THE SURVIVING FAMILY HAVE IN THE PROBATE ESTATE?  

The Florida probate code and Florida public policy protects the surviving spouse and certain surviving children from total disinheritance. Absent a marital agreement to the contrary (commonly called a premarital or prenuptial agreement), a surviving spouse may have Florida homestead rights, elective share rights, family allowance rights, and exempt property rights. In addition, certain surviving children of the decedent may also have Florida homestead rights, pretermitted child rights, family allowance rights, and exempt property rights. The existence and enforcement of these rights is often best handled with the legal advice of a Florida probate lawyer or attorney.  If we can assist you with elective share rights, family allowance rights or to determine what assets are exempt from creditors, please call us at 904-448-1969, toll free at 866-510-9099, or Contact Us.  (Back to Top of Page)

17. WHAT RIGHTS DO OTHER POTENTIAL BENEFICIARIES (OTHER THAN THE SURVIVING SPOUSE AND CHILDREN UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES) HAVE IN THE PROBATE ESTATE?  

Under Florida probate law, as with most other states probate laws, a decedent may entirely disinherit other potential beneficiaries.  ( Back to Top of Page)

18. HOW LONG DOES FLORIDA PROBATE TAKE?  

For Florida probate estates not required to file a federal estate tax return, the final accounting and papers to close the probate estate administration are due to be filed with the Florida court of probate within 12 months of issuance of letters of administration. This period can be extended by the probate court, after notice to interested persons.

The federal estate tax return is initially due nine months after death and may be extended for another six months, for a total of 15 months. If a federal estate tax return is required, the final accounting and papers to close the Florida probate estate administration are due within 12 months from the date the tax return is due. This date is usually extended by the Florida probate court because often the IRS' review and acceptance of the estate tax return are not completed within that period.

Florida probate estates that are not required to file a federal estate tax return and that do not involve litigation may often close within the probate timeframe of five or six months.  (Back to Top of Page)

19. HOW ARE PROBATE FEES DETERMINED UNDER FLORIDA LAW?  

The personal representative, the Florida probate lawyer or attorney and other professionals whose services may be required in administering the Florida probate estate (such as appraisers and accountants) are entitled by Florida probate law to reasonable compensation.

The fee for the personal representative is usually determined in one of five ways:

a)      as set forth in the last will and testament;

b)      as set forth in a legal contract between the personal representative and the decedent;

c)      as agreed among the personal representative and the persons who bear the impact of the probate fee;

d)      as the amount presumed to be reasonable as calculated under the Florida probate code and the Florida law of probate, if the amount is not objected to; or,

e)      as determined by the judge, applying Florida probate law, the Florida probate code and the Florida Probate Rules.

Likewise, the probate attorney's fee for the Florida probate lawyer or attorney for the personal representative is usually determined (1) as agreed among the Florida probate lawyer or attorney, the personal representative and the persons who bear the impact of the probate attorney's fee, (2) as the amount presumed to be reasonable calculated under Florida probate code and the Florida law of probate, if the amount is not objected to, or (3) as determined by the probate judge, applying the Florida probate code, the Florida law of probate and the Florida probate rules. (Back to Top of Page)

20. WHAT ALTERNATIVES ARE AVAILABLE TO FORMAL PROBATE ADMINISTRATION?  

Florida probate law provides for several alternate, abbreviated procedures other than Formal Probate Administration for the administration of estates.

Summary Probate Administration is generally available if the value of the estate subject to probate in Florida (less property which is exempt from the claims of creditors) is not more than $75,000 or the decedent has been dead for more than two years.

Under Summary Probate Administration, the persons who receive the probate estate assets remain liable for claims filed in the probate court against the decedent for two years after the date of death. This probate timeframe may be reduced in Summary Probate Administration by publication of notice in a local newspaper

Another alternative to Formal Probate Administration is "Disposition Without Administration."  This is available if probate estate assets consist solely of exempt property (as defined by Florida law of probate and the Florida Constitution) and non-exempt personal property, the value of which does not exceed the combined total of up to $6,000 in funeral expenses, plus the amount of all reasonable and necessary medical and hospital expenses incurred in the last 60 days of the last illness.

If the decedent was not a Florida resident at the time of death, an alternate procedure may be used to admit the will to the probate records in Florida. This procedure is used to establish title to Florida real property (a house probate). When admitted to probate record in any Florida county where the real estate is located, the "foreign will" serves to pass title to the Florida real estate as if the last will and testament had been probated under the Florida law of probate. This procedure is available only if either two years have passed from the decedent's death or the domiciliary personal representative has been discharged and there has been no estate administration in Florida.  (Back to Top of Page)

21. WHAT IF THERE IS A REVOCABLE LIVING TRUST?  

If the decedent created a revocable living trust, in certain circumstances, the trustee may be required to pay expenses of administration of the decedent's estate and enforceable claims of the decedent's creditors. In any event, the trustee is required to file with the court of probate a "notice of trust" probate court form with the Florida probate court where the decedent lived, giving information concerning the settlor and trustee. The legal advice of a Florida probate lawyer may be of meaningful assistance to the personal representative of the estate in this situation.  (Back to Top of Page)

What is a revocable living trust?

The Florida probate lawyers and attorneys at The Coleman Law Firm have more than 30 years experience working with personal representatives, beneficiaries, surviving spouses and the heirs to Florida probate estates both with and without wills.  We also have significant experience working with creditors’ claims in probate administration in the Florida probate courts.  We recognize the need for efficient probate administration, and the importance of keeping our clients fully informed of each step in the Florida probate process.  We explain the Florida probate process to our clients and help them understand each step in the Florida probate process and why that step is necessary.

If you need the assistance of a Florida probate lawyer or attorney , please call us at 904-448-1969, toll free at 866-510-9099, or Contact Us so that we can help you with your Florida probate needs.  We are a participating attorney in the AARP Legal Services Network.

This material represents general legal advice. Since the law is continually changing, some provisions in may be out of date. It is always best to consult an experienced Florida probate lawyer or attorney about your legal rights and responsibilities regarding your particular case.

The Ponte Vedra Beach Florida probate, estate planning lawyers and elder law attorneys, asset protection attorneys, guardianship lawyers, Medicaid planning attorneys, and small business lawyers with the Coleman Law Firm offer their services as estate planning, probate, elder law, Medicaid planning, asset protection, small business, and guardianship lawyers and attorneys primarily in Northeast Florida including the following counties, towns, and cities:  Duval County - Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach; St. Johns County - St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach, Nocatee, St. Augustine Beach; Clay County - Orange Park, Middleburg, Green Cove Springs; Nassau County - Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Yulee, Callahan; Flagler County - Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, Bunnell; Baker County - Macclenney, Glen St. Mary; Putnam County - Palatka, Interlachen; Columbia County - Lake City, Fort White; and in other parts of Florida as requested or necessary.  We are a participating attorney in the AARP Legal Services Network.

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