Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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When a Florida resident dies, their estate is often gathered and distributed according to Florida probate law. While this may seem like a complicated process, you may be surprised to know that many probate proceedings are easy enough to tackle without a lawyer. Read on for more information about do-it-yourself Florida probate.

How to Bypass Florida Probate

Some assets can bypass the Florida probate system altogether. These include non-probate assets, which designate a clear recipient and pass directly to the beneficiary; contract assets, which are passed via contract to a recipient and include IRAs, life insurance policies, and living trusts; and joint tenancy property, which is owned by the decedent and other parties and can include cars, shared homes, or bank accounts.

Additional Florida Probate Resources

Florida Circuit Courts

Florida Probate Code

First Circuit
Second Circuit
Third Circuit
Fourth Circuit
Fifth Circuit
Sixth Circuit — Probate
Seventh Circuit
Eighth Circuit
Ninth Circuit — Probate
Tenth Circuit
Eleventh Circuit
Twelfth Circuit
Thirteenth Circuit — Probate
Fourteenth Circuit
Fifteenth Circuit — Probate
Sixteenth Circuit
Seventeenth Circuit — Probate
Eighteenth Circuit
Nineteenth Circuit
Twentieth Circuit 

Also, see our article on Florida Probate Procedures.