CLOSING the ESTATE

After the personal representative has completed his or her duties, except for distribution of the assets, the personal representative must either file with the Court a Final Accounting and a Petition for Discharge or waivers from all the heirs. Click here for a sample checklist that is used by one of the County Probate Clerk’s to close an estate. Florida expects that it will take a year to a year and a half to administer an estate, but I find five months to be a more reasonable time, including the mandatory 90 day waiting period for claims of creditors. The Judge will enter an Order of Discharge. The Order of Discharge officially closes the estate, and relieves the personal representative of further responsibility.