Amendments to Florida’s Probate and Guardianship Rules become effective January 1, 2011. There are numerous changes intended to clarify the existing rules. At least three changes should be brought to the attention of all probate practitioners.
F.P.R. 5.030 allows attorneys to file a limited appearance in a probate case. Upon completion of the limited appearance, the attorney files a notice of completion so that he or she is no longer an attorney of record.
F.P.R. 5.110 requires a personal representative or guardian to notify the court of a change of address within 20 days.
F.P.R. 5.340(f) requires the personal representative to give each non-residuary beneficiary notice of their right to receive a written explanation of how the value of any asset they are to receive was valued.
A copy of the amended rules is available at http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2010/sc10-171.pdf