Florida Probate Attorney
Other Offices: New Orleans (LA)
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Law Firm OverviewFortenberry Legal is a multi-state law firm that helps clients from across the United States with Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida probate matters. We also provide estate planning to help our clients avoid probate.
Our three core values are:
1. Open communication. Without a good communication between yourself and your attorney, you will be left with a lot of questions once your case is over. Our office does its best to have open availability and not charge you for every question you may have.
2. Up-Front Pricing. Unless you have money to throw around, you aren't going to purchase anything without knowing the price. Your attorney shouldn't be any different. We have a value pricing model that focuses on the value of our services rather than every minute spent. This helps give you a decent estimate of cost and encourages us to move things along.
3. Focused Practice. We all know to check out plumbing services before hiring a plumber, especially if you want the job done right. The same thought process should apply to a law firm, because it's imperative to get your invoice worth of legal work. In order for use to provide this service to our clients, we stick to the specialties we know. Then there's no guess work on our part, giving you more effective legal services.
Our consultations are free and we also have flat-fee pricing.
Areas of Law
Areas of Law Description
Fortenberry Legal provides legal representation and services in the following areas of practice:
- Probate & Estate Planning
Our trust and estate attorneys represent individuals and fiduciaries through the United States. Our primary focus is probate matters in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. We work with executors, families, trustees and businesses to help preserve and transfer assets to the next generation as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our reputation for excellence in probate and estate planning has been earned through serving executors from across the United States in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida estate matters.
- Executor Representation
The law of most states gives a person broad rights to direct the disposition of his or her assets. Part of this direction usually involves nomination of an executor to administer the probate estate. The executor is generally charged with acquiring any part of the decedentís estate that is not in his possession and managing the estate in the best interest of all concerned, consistent with the will and state law. Executors must carry out their duties in good faith and as a reasonably prudent person would in the circumstances. We help guide executors through this process.
- Wills and Inheritance
The first step in probating an estate is to determine whether or not a decedent has left a valid will. If so, the people or organizations named in the will, known as beneficiaries, are entitled to the deceased person's assets. If not, the person's "heirs at law" will share the deceased person's assets under the state's laws of intestacy.
Although property may be transferred from the estate of someone who died without a will to his or her heirs at law by operation of law, those who later acquire property from the heirs may want proof that no one else can claim an interest in the property. No one wants to buy a lawsuit. This is especially true in the case of real estate. Because of the risk that an unknown heir will later claim an interest in the property, a mechanism is needed to ensure buyers (and, perhaps more significantly, title insurance companies) that there are no unknown heirs. This mechanism is an heirs proceeding, also called a suit to determine heirs. After a hearing, the judge will usually issue an Order Establishing Heirs, which gives buyers (and title insurance companies) the assurance they need that no unknown heirs will later claim an interest in the property conveyed.
- Nonprofit Services
Whether you are an established nonprofit organization or still in the start-up states, Fortenberry Legal can help you reach your goals. We represent nonprofits ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multimillion dollar regional organizations. We can help you structure your organization and your business deals in a way that accomplishes your objectives and complies with tax laws and regulations.
Mr. Jeramie J. Fortenberry
Business Law, Estate and Trust, Estate Planning, Inheritance Law, Probate
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