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Personal Representative
of a Florida Estate

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Who is able to serve as the personal representative of a Florida estate?

 

Choosing a personal representative to administer your probate estate is an important decision. When selecting a personal representative, it is most common for people to appoint family members such a spouse, a child, a grandchild, or a sibling. It is also common for people to choose a close friend to act as the personal representative.

 

When determining who to appoint as the personal representative, there are many things to consider. Florida law sets forth several requirements in order for a person to qualify to act as the personal representative of a Florida estate. For example, a personal representative must be at least eighteen (18) years of age, be mentally and physically capable of carrying out the duties of a personal representative, and cannot have been convicted of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a disabled adult or an elderly person.

 

There are additional requirements in order to qualify as a personal representative so it is important to speak with an estate planning attorney before selecting a personal representative.

 

In addition to the specific qualifications set out by Florida law, there are other factors to consider when selecting who will serve as your personal representative. It is important to choose a personal representative who will be able to communicate effectively with the probate attorney and will be able to carry out the duties of the personal representative.

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