Our firm frequently represents individuals who are named as the Personal Representative of a family member’s estate. We will represent the Personal Representative in all aspects of the administration, which includes but is not limited to:


  • Locating and valuing all estate assets.
  • Providing proper legal notice to all potential estate creditors.
  • Sale of estate assets that will not be distributed in kind to beneficiaries.
  • Working with CPA’s to file all necessary tax returns for the decedent and the estate.
  • Preparing accountings for all receipts and disbursements of the estate.
  • Preparing a plan of final accounting and plan distribution of all estate assets.
probate law

All property owned individually by a decedent are included in his or her probate estate. Property that would not be subject to probate would be property that was owned jointly with the right of survivorship with another person, life insurance proceeds, and IRA's where a beneficiary has been designated and property owned by a living trust.

The length of time that a probate administration takes varies widely depending upon the kind of assets owned by a decedent, the length of time it takes to sell real property owned by estate, the number of creditors and the number of estate beneficiaries. We can generally make a reasonable estimate the costs and length of time that the probate administration will take after the first meeting with the Personal Representative.

Fort Myers Law Firm

Dignam Law offers personalized attention and customized solutions in estate planning. Michael F. Dignam has practiced as a tax and estate planning attorney in the Fort Myers area for over thirty five years.

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Address: 1601 Hendry Street,
Fort Myers, Florida, 33901

Phone: (239) 337-7888
Fax: (239) 337-7689
Email: mfdignam@dignamlaw.com

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