Rita Jackman is an extremely credible advocate! She and her law firm were very compassionate and caring to advise and represent me through a some very difficult cases. She was there anytime I needed her! I always felt I was one phone call away from an answer. Also, she helped me understand countless documents of legal red tape at ease. Honesty, integrity, determination, and comfort through such ...

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.

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

AARP discountsSummary 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 or complete a free case evaluation online to get started.



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