If the home was the only asset, even without probate, the creditors ability to intervene expired many years ago. The house passes outside of Probate. There are many fine probate attorneys in Melbourne that can help you with a Summary Administration and Determination of Homestead, which will be required to transfer title. Good luck. If everything is as you describe, it is a very simple procedure and should not cost more than a few hundred dollars.
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Contact a few local attorneys. They will not give estimates in this forum. It shouldn't cost too much.
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I agree-creditors rights have expired and this should be a summary probate with determination of homestead.
Many firms(including my firm) should quote you a flat fee for the legal work.
Attorney Joe Pippen
20 Florida Offices
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I agree that the probate process itself should be relatively simple and inexpensive; however, there are other things to consider. Such as what you and the partner's daughter will do with the property now that you are co-owners. If you are both in agreement to sell the property, that's great (but often not the case). A consult with an attorney would be helpful to discuss all your options. Many attorneys here in Melbourne give free consultations for probate matters, my office included. With more facts, an attorney can give you an estimate for fees and how those fees can be paid.
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2815 West New Have Ave, Ste 304
Melbourne, FL 32904