Is it necessary for me to have an attorney?

Florida Rules of Probate Procedure 5.030 says, "Required; Exception. Every guardian and every personal representative, unless the personal representative remains the sole interested person, shall be represented by an attorney admitted to practice in Florida. A guardian or personal representative who is an attorney admitted to practice in Florida may represent himself or herself as guardian or personal representative."

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1. What is probate?
2. What is a will? When and where should it be filed?
3. Is it necessary for me to have an attorney?
4. Are there different types of proceedings that can be filed, depending on the size of the estate?
5. What happens if a person dies and has left no will?
6. What happens if there is a will filed, but no personal representative has been named?
7. How are probate proceedings initiated?
8. What happens after this information is filed with the Clerk?
9. Can I file a disposition of Personal Property without administration?
10. I received a Correspondence Letter from the Clerk's Office, now what?
11. How Do I Schedule a Hearing with the Judge?
12. How can I learn more about the Citrus County ePortal Probate Process?