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Your Probate Advocates

Fort Myers Probate Attorney

Call (239) 970-6844 today for client-dedicated advocacy.

Probate proceedings can be dismaying after the emotional upheaval surrounding the death of a loved one. If you are facing a legal issue regarding probate, you will want to secure the help of a skilled probate attorney.

With more than 50 years of combined experience, we can:

  • Assist you with each step
  • Avoid delays in probate administration
  • Minimize the risks you face if there is a challenge to the will

At Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A., we are dedicated to quality legal service that exceeds our clients' expectations, and we are proud of our many successes in probate. Contact Your Advocates today for a free consultation!

Services Our Fort Myers Probate Lawyers Offer

We can help you in areas of probate including and not limited to:

There are several different types of probate administration. Determining which type is necessary depends to a great extent on the value of the decedent's estate, time since the decedent's death, and place of decedent's domicile.

Request a free consultation to learn more about your legal options. We offer discounts for AARP members!

We Can Simplify a Complex Probate Situation for You

Summary Administration provides for a streamlined probate process for interested parties if:

  • The value of the estate is under $75,000
  • More than two years have passed since the decedent's date of death

A full and formal administration is required for estates that do not match this criteria. Formal administration may also be suggested for smaller estates that qualify for summary administration but the will is contested, beneficiaries cannot be located, or there are multiple creditors to satisfy. If a decedent is domiciled outside of the State of Florida but possesses assets which are located within the State of Florida, an ancillary probate administration will be necessary to transfer those assets to intended beneficiaries.

When No Probate is Permitted

Additionally, when the deceased person's property is not of great value, the law allows for disposition without administration, or "no probate." This grants reimbursement from the estate to whoever paid for the deceased's final expenses, such as funeral costs and remaining medical bills. Disposition without administration does not apply when the assets include any real estate or when debts and final expenses exceed the value of the assets.

Let Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A. Handle Your Case

When you need legal representation to assist you with any matter surrounding probate, our Fort Myers probate lawyers have the training and experience to handle your unique circumstances and know how to best approach your case. We pride ourselves on our ability to avoid unnecessary probate administration delays. Our success is your satisfaction.

Call (239) 970-6844 today for a free case evaluation!

How We're Different:

  • Dedicated & caring service
  • 65 years' combined experience
  • One-on-one attention
  • Customized strategies
  • Accessible - 24 hour response time
  • El abogado habla español

Read What Our Past Clients
have to Say About Us:

  • He really takes his job to heart and I am forever grateful for his help in this time period of my life.

    “First, I want to say thank you to all the hard work and dedication that Jorge Santana has done for me and my children. He truly went above and beyond to make sure that I was involved in every step of this rough journey and tried to make things uncomplicate”

  • Adam Stevens is outstanding, a WINNER!

    “Adam Stevens is outstanding, a WINNER!”

    Marcia W.

  • I've used attorneys before and he is by far the best to work with.

    “Helped me tremendously with my real estate transaction and with my agent. Recommend him highly. Rated as average, when five stars are most deserved. I've used attorneys before and he is by far the best to work with, bar none.. Thank you again for all your ”

    John

  • He was truly a dedicated and capable advocate.

    “I recently was in need of an attorney to handle a divorce and luckily, my research led me to Mr. Jorge Santana. Mr. Santana guided me through a very difficult and painful experience with compassion, expertise and straight-forward honesty..These admirable c”

    Victoria J. Baker

  • He's professional and returns phone calls in a timely manner.

    “Richard Ricciardi has been my recommended attorney for handling my client's probate and other real estate related law issues for several years now. He's professional and returns phone calls in a timely manner.”

    James Sommers

Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More