Legal Question in Wills and Trusts in Florida

estate settlement

What is the time limit to settle an estate in Florida? I was told five years.

Asked on 5/12/09, 1:48 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

Frank J. Pyle Probate Attorney Throughout Florida

Re: estate settlement

According to Florida Rule of Probate Procedure 5.400 (c), it is to be closed within one year unless the judge extends the time after a petition to do so is filed with the court, and notice of the petition given to all "interested persone". The Rules are at the following website:$FILE/Probate.pdf?OpenElement

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Answered on 5/13/09, 11:13 am
Alan Wagner Wagner McLaughlin, P.A.

Re: estate settlement

The is no absolute limit. Some are fast, some are slow -- depending on the facts. Five years is longer than the great majority of estates.

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Answered on 5/12/09, 2:23 pm

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