Experienced Florida Trust and Estates Attorneys Help Guide You Through the Process

Probate follows what is typically a painful, emotional loss. The knowledgeable, meticulous attorneys at Pearse & Stinson, P.A. have 40 years of combined experience in probate law and know how to ease the stress of probate by guiding personal representatives and beneficiaries through the complex process.

The Probate Process

Most personal representatives have rarely, if ever probated a will and know little about the process. Pearse & Stinson, P.A. can guide you through the complex probate process, including:

  • Filing the will with the Florida probate court
  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
  • Finding and collecting assets
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying estate taxes
  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring experts, when appropriate

Trust Administration

Once a trust is established by a grantor, its operation must be overseen by a qualified trustee. This trustee manages the investment of funds and distribution of assets according to the grantor’s design contained in the trust’s documents. Trust administration requires careful attention to each detail of the grantor’s wishes. A conscientious trustee must have comprehensive knowledge of the law and be scrupulous regarding client service. We have provided highly ethical and reliable administration to a variety of trusts, maintaining the fiscal strength of these entities to serve beneficiaries through the intended life of the trust. We are available to provide administration services to new clients on a wide variety of trusts, including:

  • Credit Shelter Trusts (CST)
  • Incentive Trusts
  • Living Trusts
  • Generation-skipping Trusts
  • Qualified, Terminable Interest (QTIP) Trusts
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts


Guardianship is a legal process that takes place in the circuit court.  When a less restrictive alternative is not available and a person is deemed to be incapacitated, the court can appoint a guardian to exercise financial and medical decisions for an incapacitated person.  Whether you need to file for guardianship or are the subject of an guardianship proceeding, we can help.

Contact us Today

Pearse & Stinson, P.A. serves clients throughout Clearwater. Call us at 727-462-9009 or contact us online.