Summary Administration During Florida Probate
Summary administration is an abridged form of formal administration in Florida probate court. Its essential difference from formal administration is that it does not require a judge to appoint a personal representative. Rather, a petition to finalize the estate through summary administration is filed with the court by a beneficiary of the estate or a representative listed in the decedent’s will (such as the executor of the will).
In Florida, estates can qualify for summary administration when:
- The decedent has been deceased for a period exceeding two years or
- The estates non-exempt value is less than $75,000
If the estate meets one or both of these requirements, but the last will and testament specifies that the estate should go through formal administration, then the petition for summary administration will not be approved.