What is the probate process in Florida?

The probate process in Florida can take up to two years to complete.
 
It is advisable, if you have a holiday home or are a British expat in Florida, to ensure that any Wills produced cover both UK and Florida legislation and all your assets. All official documents connected to the death of the person, need to be officially recognised and validated by the State of Florida.  
 
The executors of the Will must apply to be formally recognised as personal representatives by the State if the deceased was classed as a Florida resident, whereas representatives of deceased non-residents must be close family members, or residents of Florida.
 
Normally, a British person will be taxed by the US only on the assets located in that country.  It is worth noting that the Nil Rate Band for non-US citizens is $60,000 (outstanding mortgages may not be deducted from the value of the estate), compared to $5 million for residents. 

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