April 17

Florida Probate Rules Updated to Recognize Electronic Wills and Notarization

Florida Electronic Notarization

On January 16, 2020, The Florida Supreme Court approved amendments to The Florida Probate Rules. These were “fast-track” amendments based upon changes to The Florida Statutes during the 2019 legislative session. For probate and guardianship attorneys, the big change is the recognition of electronic notarization which became effective January 1, 2020 and the recognition of electronic wills, effective July 1, 2020.

January 22

Florida Probate Rules Update

Probate attorneys live by the rules – The Florida Probate Rules. These rules are updated by the Florida Probate Rules Committee, which consists of volunteers appointed by the President-Elect of The Florida Bar as vacancies open up.

Several changes became effective on January 1, 2020, including rules that affect the content of the Petition for Administration, the Oath of Personal Representative, and the Notice of Administration.