Lawyer, Susan J. Best
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1869 N. Crystal Lake Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801

Lakeland Probate Lawyer

Lakeland Lawyer, providing professional Probate Attorney Services in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, and Central Florida

Best Law, PLLC

Call 863.333.0568 to speak with Attorney, Susan J. Best about your Probate legal needs.

Probate is the legal process by which a person's debts are paid and assets owned by the decedent are distributed upon death. Probate litigation frequently arises in the context of a Will contest. When a decedent has created a Last Will and Testament and it is offered for probate, Florida law grants creditors and heirs various rights, privileges and limitations that must be strictly followed.

When a loved on passes on, one would hope the wishes designated in a will will be carried out smoothly and without complications. Unfortunately, probate litigation has become one of the most contested areas of the law in that State of Florida. There are situations when a viable injustice has been brought to light or a family needs probate litigation to prevent an injustice from happening. BEST LAW, PLLC has the experience to handle these difficult, yet delicate, legal issues.

Typically, Florida probate litigation is first considered by an individual after they receive a Notice of Administration informing them an objection to a probate proceeding must be commenced within a specific period of time or be forever barred.

Probate litigation is the broad concept of challenging:

  • The contents of a Will;

  • A provision of a Will;

  • The appointment of an executor;

  • Or the entire Will document itself.

While every probate estate is unique, most involve the following steps:

  • Filing of a petition with the proper probate court.

  • Notice to heirs under the Will or to statutory heirs (if no Will exists).

  • Petition to appoint Executor (in the case of a Will) or Administrator for the estate.

  • Inventory and appraisal of estate assets by Executor/Administrator.

  • Payment of estate debt to rightful creditors.

  • Sale of estate assets. Payment of estate taxes, if applicable.

  • Final distribution of assets to heirs.

BEST LAW, PLLC is well equipped to handle all facets of probate law.

Call 863.333.0568 to schedule a confidential legal consultation with SUSAN J. BEST, an experienced Lakeland Probate Attorney.

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Lawyer, Susan J Best

About Attorney, Susan J. Best

Susan J Best is the founder of the law firm BEST LAW, PLLC.

A fourth-generation native of Lakeland, Ms. Best graduated from Lakeland High School in 1982.

Ms. Best earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Management degree from the University of Central Florida in 1986, where she majored in Accounting.

Ms. Best then earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1989.

Between 1989 and 1995, Ms. Best served as a Judicial Staff Attorney for the judges of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court in Bartow, Florida. While a staff attorney, Ms. Best was first assigned to the Family Division and then was promoted to work with the Chief Judge handling appeals and probate matters.

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Attorney, Susan J. Best has extensive experience in assisting Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, and Central Florida residents and visitors who require professional Probate Services, and Will & Probate legal services.

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