VERY SMALL ESTATES - Disposition of Personal Property Without Administration

When a decedent leaves personal property that is exempt under Florida law and does not exceed the funeral expenses and reasonable and necessary medical and hospital expenses for the last sixty days, the person entitled to the property may apply informally to the court and have the court transfer the property to the person entitled to it. This varies by County, but generally the assets must be below $6,000.00 to proceed under this authority. If the Estate qualifies for this approach, the Clerk of the Circuit Court will provide some measure of assistance to the heir.

The beneficiary may acquire legal ownership of motor vehicles by furnishing the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles with the required transfer forms.