Florida Probate & Trust Administration

Serving Clients throughout Naples, Florida and the Surrounding Areas


The loss of a loved one is a difficult time. But when grief and acceptance are compounded by a confusing and lengthy court process and a range of financial and practical challenges, it can become overwhelming. Those left behind must wrap up the affairs of their loved one – identifying assets and heirs, paying liabilities, distributing property, and working through an unfamiliar and complex probate process.

At Southwest Florida Estate Planning, PLLC, we guide our clients through the entire probate administration process, standing by their side and bringing clarity, finality, and peace of mind to those still processing their personal loss.

What Is Probate?

The Florida probate process is the court process of identifying, gathering, and distributing your assets and addressing any liabilities after you die. Even with a valid will, probate is still necessary to pass ownership of probate assets to your beneficiaries. Without a will, probate is required to pass ownership of your assets to those persons who are to receive them under Florida’s laws of intestate succession.

How We Help

With compassion, patience, and a focus on resolving all issues efficiently and thoroughly, we help families address all matters involved in probate, including:

  • Paying debts
  • Gathering assets
  • Distributions to heirs
  • Preparation of state and federal estate tax returns
  • Overseeing payment of funeral expenses
  • Attendance at court hearings
  • Locating next of kin
  • Interacting with retirement benefits administrators
  • Probate litigation
  • Will contests

Every client and every family is different. That’s why we develop individually-tailored approaches to the probate process that accomplish each family’s specific goals and bring closure and certainty to what can be a frustrating procedure. We’ll take the time to address any questions and concerns you may have and be there for you both as trusted counsel and steadfast advocate. SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ESTATE PLANNING, PLLC – NAPLES PROBATE LAWYERS

Southwest Florida Estate Planning, PLLC - Naples Probate Lawyers

If you have recently lost a loved one and have questions or need assistance with the probate process and wrapping up your loved one’s affairs, please give Southwest Florida Estate Planning, PLLC a call at (239) 216-4107 or fill out our online form. We look forward to assisting you.


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Bill W.

“Ed did an outstanding job of understanding our needs and walking us through the Estate Planning Process. He was the ever present professional in all aspects of Estate Planning, as well as in delivering the services and products in a timely manner. We would highly recommend Ed to our friends and family for all their Estate Planning needs."

David V.

“Ed is thorough and complete. Covered all aspects of our estate planning, including details I would never have thought of. I have already recommended Ed to several friends and associates."

Jack and Rosalie

“Having Ed Smith prepare our Estate Planning turned out to be an easy and pleasant experience for us. Ed is not only very professional, but his skill in listening to us made us comfortable and eased any anxieties we had."

Aside from the above, we would also highly recommend him because of his ability and knowledge to simplify what was a daunting task for us.  During our visits, it was like talking to a compassionate friend and family member.

He encouraged us to call with any questions, which we did and he responded quickly. We believe we made a wise decision in having Ed Smith prepare our Estate Planning.

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