Summary Administration in Florida

In the state of Florida, when it comes to administering an estate, the legal process can take different forms based on the assets involved, debts owed, and the specifics of the deceased’s estate. One such method is Summary Administration, a streamlined probate process designed for smaller estates, offering a faster and more cost-effective resolution compared to formal probate proceedings.

Eligibility for Summary Administration

Summary Administration in Florida is controlled by Florida Statute 735.201 which provides that Summary Administration is available to estates that are valued (excluding the value of a homestead) at less than $75,000 or for cases where the decedent (deceased individual) has been deceased for more than two years. It’s important to note that if the deceased individual passed away more than two years ago, regardless of the estate value, Summary Administration may be applicable. However, this does not imply automatic eligibility; various factors and complexities of the estate might influence the process, including disputes among heirs or beneficiaries. This is why it is crucial that you seek legal guidance to help you navigate the requirements of Summary Administration in Florida.

Initiating Summary Administration

To initiate a Summary Administration proceeding, a petition must be filed in the probate court in the county where the deceased resided at the time of death. The petition should include necessary information, such as the value of the estate, the names of beneficiaries and heirs, and a plan for distributing the assets. It’s also crucial to provide a list of debts and creditors, ensuring proper notification and settlement. Alongside the petition, supporting documentation, including the death certificate, a list of heirs, and an inventory of assets and liabilities, must be submitted to the Probate Court in a specific amount of time. If the court approves the petition and finds the petition to be legally sound, it will issue an order authorizing Summary Administration.

Advantages of Summary Administration

Most individuals are not aware of the Summary Administration process and the advantages that a Summary Administration proceeding may have. Summary Administration in Florida offers several advantages, including but not limited to:

  1. Time-Efficiency: The process is typically quicker compared to formal probate, providing a faster resolution for the estate.
  2. Cost-Effectiveness: Given the simplified nature of the proceedings, legal fees and court costs can be substantially lower.
  3. Less Complexity: With fewer procedural requirements, Summary Administration is often more straightforward, reducing the administrative burden on the estate’s representative.


Summary Administration in Florida presents an efficient and simplified probate option for smaller estates or those meeting specific eligibility criteria. However, navigating the legal intricacies and ensuring compliance with the state’s laws and regulations is crucial for a successful process. Given the nuances of individual cases, seeking legal counsel or assistance from a qualified attorney experienced in probate matters can provide invaluable guidance, ensuring a smooth and efficient resolution of the estate through Summary Administration in the state of Florida. That is why we invite you to contact the Sherrard Law Group today to speak to a member of our legal team about your estate administering needs. We look forward to serving as your trusted legal representatives.

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