Fla. Prob. R. 5.342

As amended through August 26, 2021
Rule 5.342 - Inventory of Safe-deposit Box
(a) Filing. The personal representative shall file an inventory of the contents of the decedent's safe-deposit box within 10 days of the initial opening of the box by the personal representative or the personal representative's attorney of record. The inventory shall include a copy of the financial institution's entry record for the box from a date that is six months prior to the decedent's date of death to the date of the initial opening by the personal representative or the personal representative's attorney of record.
(b) Verification. Each person who was present at the initial opening must verify the contents of the box by signing a copy of the inventory under penalties of perjury.
(c) Service. The personal representative shall serve a copy of the inventory on the surviving spouse, each heir at law in an intestate estate, each residuary beneficiary in a testate estate, and any other interested person who may request it in writing.

Fla. Prob. R. 5.342

Committee Notes

Inventories and entry records, once filed, shall be afforded the same confidentiality as probate inventories.

If a safe-deposit box is opened pursuant to section 655.935 of the Florida Statutes, no written inventory of the box need be prepared or filed.

Rule History

2003 Revision: New rule.

2012 Revision: The last sentence of subdivision (c) is deleted to remove duplicative requirement of filing a proof of service for a document which includes a certificate of service as provided in Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.516. In service of the inventory is by service in the manner provided for service of formal notice, then proof of service should be filed as provided in rule 5.040(a)(5). Committee notes revised.

Statutory References

§ 655.935, Fla. Stat. Search procedure on death of lessee.

§ 655.936, Fla. Stat. Delivery of safe-deposit box contents or property held in safekeeping to personal representative.

§ 733.6065, Fla. Stat. Opening safe-deposit box.

Rule References

Fla. Prob. R. 5.041 Service of pleadings and documents.

Fla. Prob. R. 5.340 Inventory.

Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.516 Service of pleadings and documents.