1. Collect all estate-related documents.
Probate in Miami-Dade requires that all documents related to the estate must be collected. These may include wills, probate petitions, death certificates, tax returns, financial statements and other important papers
2. Inventory assets and liabilities.
This involves creating a list of all the assets owned by the deceased person as well as any debts owed by them. This list should include the estimated value of each asset or liability
3. Notify interested parties.
It is important to notify family members and other persons who may have a legal interest in the estate that probate proceedings are taking place. This can be done by mail or in person, as well as through publication notices in a local newspaper if necessary.
4. Secure the property.
This involves identifying any real estate or other properties held by the deceased and making sure they are safe from theft or vandalism while the probate process is ongoing
5. Pay debts and expenses.
Any debts owed by the deceased must be paid out of their estate before assets can be distributed to heirs. This includes funeral costs, outstanding bills and other expenses associated with the estate
6. Distribute remaining assets.
Once all debts have been paid, any remaining assets can be distributed to the deceased’s heirs according to their wishes or as set out in their will
7. File a final accounting.
A final probate accounting must be filed indicating the amount of money that was received and disbursed during the probate process. This document should include details such as dates when payments were made, creditors who received payments, and a breakdown of fees paid to attorneys and other professionals involved in the case