“Challenging” might be the best adjective for what we all experienced in 2020. Probate and Guardianship attorneys were also affected by changes to the probate and guardianship rules of procedure. In an effort to summarize those changes, I authored an article for the Florida Bar Journal. It seemed like the rules changed faster than we could update our forms and office procedures, but we’re adapting.
Here’s a link to the article:
Laws of Florida Chapter 2020-67 includes changes affecting wills and estates. Some changes become effective upon becoming law, others on July 1, 2020, and others on October 1, 2020. The Probate Rules Committee is working on updates to affected probate rules, but they will not be filed with the Florida Supreme Court for consideration before July 1st. The forms committee for FLSSI is also aware of the changes and working to update their forms as quickly as possible.
The Florida Bar has released the Tenth Edition of Practice Under the Florida Probate Code. Jeffrey Goethe was responsible for the updates to Chapter 14, Final Distribution and Discharge. The chapter covers the procedures form completing the probate administration process, making distributions to beneficiaries, and obtaining the Order of Discharge.