Probate is the legal process of settling a person’s estate after they have passed away. In general, a decedent’s estate will need to go through probate whenever he or she died owning property in their sole name, without beneficiary designations.
If the decedent owned real property, aka real estate, in states other than their home state when they passed away, this property will have to undergo an additional probate procedure called ancillary probate.
Ancillary probate is a supplementary probate proceeding in another state that is necessary to complete the “domiciliary” probate proceeding in the decedent’s home state and to effectively sell or transfer the property located in the non-domiciliary state. Learn more about the different types of ancillary probate and its process in Florida.