Who May Be Appointed Personal Representative?

Part of the estate planning process involves choosing a personal representative.

A personal representative is in charge of administering an individual's estate in accordance with Florida state law.

At Korshak & Associates, P.A., we assist clients in the estate planning and probate administration processes. Choosing a personal representative is an important decision, one that should be carefully considered by the person creating the will.

Continue reading to find out who can be named as a personal representative in Florida. Otherwise, you can call 407-680-1471 to talk to an attorney from our law offices in Casselberry or Orlando.

Personal Representatives In Florida

The person appointed personal representative has many tasks to fulfill following the decedent's death. Some of those tasks include:

  • Paying outstanding debts
  • Notifying creditors of decedent's death
  • File decedent's tax returns
  • Distribute assets to beneficiaries
  • And many more

Who, exactly, can be named personal representative in Florida?

  • An individual who is a resident of Florida or someone who is related to the decedent — either a spouse, parent, sibling, child or other close relative. This individual must be 18 or older, and must never have been convicted of a felony crime. Additionally, this individual must be considered mentally and physically able to perform the duties of a personal representative.
  • A bank
  • A trust company

If no one is named personal representative in a will, the judge will appoint one. This is typically the decedent's spouse. But if the decedent was unmarried, the heirs may choose the personal representative.

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