We understand that the Probate process can sometimes be confusing and difficult to navigate. There can be many facets involved in a Probate case, one being Ancillary Administration. To help you better understand what that is, we’re breaking it down here for you today.
What is Ancillary Administration?
To put things into the simplest of terms, Ancillary Administration is a form of Probate when a decedent passes away, let’s say in New York, but they own property (i.e., real estate) in Florida. While the main estate administration will occur in the state of New York, Ancillary Administration must be opened in Florida to address the property held in Florida. Ancillary Administration is required to transfer the title of the property to the decedent’s heirs.
When is Ancillary Administration necessary?
Ancillary Administration is only necessary when the property is held in a state different from the state in which the decedent was domiciled at the time of death. Not all property requires an ancillary administration. For example, simply owning a vehicle in Florida does not necessarily require an ancillary administration. There are various nuances where this information may change. It is best to err on the side of caution and contact our Florida Probate attorney to advise based on your specific situation.
If you own property or have any financial dealings in a state that is not your primary residence, it is always best to speak with your attorney to ensure that these asset(s) are included in your Life Plan, and potentially avoid having to open an ancillary administration.
*Disclaimer: Reading this blog post does not create an attorney-client relationship and is not legal advice. This is for informational purposes only. It is best to speak with an attorney about your specific situation, questions, assets, concerns, and needs.