Who will handle your matters after you have passed away? Here in Florida, a personal representative is in charge of handling the matters of your estate, regardless of whether you died with a will. If a person dies intestate (i.e., without a will, and therefore likely without a named personal representative), then a personal representative will be appointed by the court. Choosing a personal representative whom you trust should be an important consideration when drafting your will.
That may lead you to wonder, who can serve as a personal representative? And who does the state feel is preferable to serve as a personal representative? Florida Statutes have addressed these questions and have explained who is qualified to serve as a personal representative. Generally speaking, any person who is sui juris (meaning, “of one’s own right”) and is a resident of Florida at the time of the death of the person whose estate is to be administered is qualified to serve as a personal representative.