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Wills & Probate

Do all estates in Florida have to go through “full-blown” probate?

No, very small estates without land may qualify for “disposition without administration” and some estates may qualify for summary administration, which is a faster and cheaper form of probate. Because Florida’s homestead definition allows unlimited value (but not unlimited acreage), some estates with very expensive homestead property (principal residence), but little else, can qualify for summary administration. Also, if the decedent has been dead more than two years, the estate can be handled in summary administration.