What are the deadlines and timelines in Florida Probate?
Key deadlines and timelines in Florida probate include:
- TIC Election – 6 months from date of death
- Elective Share Election – 6 months or 2 years
- Object to the validity of a will, the qualifications of a personal representative, or jurisdiction – 20 days, 3 months, or 4 years
- Creditor claim – 30 days, 3 months, or 2 years
- File Original Will – 10 days from knowledge of death
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How Long Can An Executor Keep An Estate Open?
1-3 years, generally. The estate can remain open for a longer amount of time if there is litigation over the estate or between the beneficiairies.
The estate remains open until the estate is fully administered. For an estate to be fully administered in Florida, all creditors and beneficiaries must have received the proper notices, decedent’s assets must have been marshalled and inventoried, and the personal representative must have accounted to the beneficiaries. Any litigation must be resolved. One the estate is ready to be distributed and no objections remain, the estate may be closed and the personal representative discharged.