Fla. Prob. R. 5.530

As amended through August 26, 2021
Rule 5.530 - Summary Administration
(a) Petition. The petition must be verified as required by law and must contain:
(1) a statement of the interest of each petitioner, each petitioner's name and address, and the name and office address of each petitioner's attorney;
(2) the name and last known address of the decedent, last 4 digits of the decedent's social security number, date and place of death of the decedent, and state and county of the decedent's domicile;
(3) so far as is known, the names and addresses of the surviving spouse, if any, and the beneficiaries and their relationship to the decedent and the year of birth of any who are minors;
(4) a statement showing venue;
(5) a statement whether domiciliary or principal proceedings are pending in another state or country, if known, and the name and address of the foreign personal representative and the court issuing letters;
(6) a statement that the decedent's will, if any, does not direct administration as required by chapter 733, Florida Statutes;
(7) a statement that the value of the entire estate subject to administration in this state, less the value of property exempt from the claims of creditors, does not exceed $75,000 or that the decedent has been dead for more than 2 years;
(8) a description of all assets in the estate and the estimated value of each, and a separate description of any protected homestead and exempt property;
(9) a statement either:
(A) that all creditors' claims are barred or
(B) that a diligent search and reasonable inquiry for any known or reasonably ascertainable creditors has been made and one of the following:
(i) A statement that the estate is not indebted.
(ii) The name and address of each creditor, the nature of the debt, the amount of the debt and whether the amount is estimated or exact, and when the debt is due. If provision for payment of the debt has been made other than for full payment in the proposed order of distribution, the following information must be shown:
(a) The name of the person who will pay the debt.
(b) The creditor's written consent for substitution or assumption of the debt by another person.
(c) The amount to be paid if the debt has been compromised.
(d) The terms for payment and any limitations on the liability of the person paying the debt.
(10) in an intestate estate, a statement that after the exercise of reasonable diligence each petitioner is unaware of any unrevoked wills or codicils;
(11) in a testate estate, a statement identifying all unrevoked wills and codicils being presented for probate, and a statement that each petitioner is unaware of any other unrevoked will or codicil; and
(12) a schedule of proposed distribution of all probate assets and the person to whom each asset is to be distributed.
(b) Service. The joinder in, or consent to, a petition for summary administration is not required of a beneficiary who will receive full distributive share under the proposed distribution. Any beneficiary and any known or reasonably ascertainable creditor not joining or consenting must receive formal notice of the petition.
(c) Testate Estate. In a testate estate, on the filing of the petition for summary administration, the decedent's will must be proved and admitted to probate.
(d) Order. If the court determines that the decedent's estate qualifies for summary administration, it must enter an order distributing the probate assets and specifically designating the person to whom each asset is to be distributed.

Fla. Prob. R. 5.530

Committee Notes

Verification and service of a petition for summary administration are governed by rules 5.020, 5.040, and 5.041. Section 735.206(2), Florida Statutes, relating to diligent search for, and service of the petition for summary administration on, reasonably ascertainable creditors is substantive. Nothing in this rule is intended to change the effect of the statutory amendments.

Rule History

1977 Revision: Changes to conform to 1975 statutory revision. Established the requirements of a petition for summary administration and provided for the hearing thereon and the entry of the order of distribution of the assets.

1984 Revision: Extensive revisions and editorial changes. Committee notes revised.

1988 Revision: Editorial change in caption of (a). Committee notes revised.

1992 Revision: Editorial changes. Committee notes revised. Citation form changes in committee notes.

2002 Revision: Replaces "homestead" with "protected homestead" in (a)(2) to conform to addition of term in section 731.201(29), Florida Statutes. Committee notes revised.

2003 Revision: Committee notes revised.

2005 Revision: Subdivision (a)(3) amended to include requirements of section 735.206(2), Florida Statutes.

2007 Revision: Rule substantially rewritten to require petition to include essentially the same information required to be stated in a petition for administration and to require the petitioners to specify facts showing they are entitled to summary administration. New subdivision (b) added to provide for formal notice of the petition, and subsequent subdivisions relettered.

2011 Revision: Subdivision (a)(2) amended to limit listing of decedent's social security number to last four digits.

2012 Revision: Committee notes revised.

2013 Revision: Subdivision (a)(9) reorganized to avoid the misconception that a diligent search and reasonable inquiry for known or reasonably ascertainable creditors is required when creditor claims are barred. Committee notes revised. Editorial changes to conform to the court's guidelines for rules submissions as set forth in AOSC06-14.

2014 Revision: Subdivision (a)(3) amended to provide only the year of birth of a minor to conform to Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.425. Committee notes revised.

Statutory References

§ 731.104, Fla. Stat. Verification of documents.

§§ 735.201-735.2063, Fla. Stat. Summary administration.

Rule References

Fla. Prob. R. 5.020 Pleadings; verification; motions.

Fla. Prob. R. 5.040 Notice.

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

Fla. Prob. R. 5.205(a)(3) Filing evidence of death.

Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.420 Public access to judicial branch records.

Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.425 Minimization of the filing of sensitive information.

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

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