Christin Coleman Gallardo

Christin Coleman Gallardo

Probate Litigation and Administration
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Christin Coleman GallardoMs. Gallardo attended the University of North Florida where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology (2000) and she attended law school at Stetson University College of Law where she received her JD (2004). She was admitted to the Florida Bar and the United States Patent Bar in 2004.

Ms. Gallardo has 14 years of experience in the area of Probate and Guardianship. After graduation from law school, Ms. Gallardo worked as a staff attorney for the Probate Division of the 17th Judicial Circuit and later accepted a position as Probate and Guardianship Counsel for the Circuit. During her tenure in the court system she was a member of the Florida Court Technology Commission’s Probate Data Elements committee and the Probate Workgroup for the Office of the State Court Administrator’s Trial Court Case Management Solution Project. She also assisted with the Circuit’s electronic filing effort for all divisions and participated on the electronic access standards workgroup of the Supreme Court Electronic Filing Committee.

Ms. Gallardo is the co-author of Chapter 25, The Role of the Attorney in Guardianship Proceedings in Florida Guardianship Practice (2017).

She has been in private practice for over 5 years, assisting many clients with all aspects of Probate, Guardianship and Trust matters.

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Q. My husband passed without a will and he owned a property that was not our homestead but we used it for rental income.
A: That's not correct. You are entitled to 50% of the estate per 732.102. Per 732.103, The remaining 50% of the estate is shared by your husband's three children equally, so they each are entitled to approximately 16.6%
Q. My Mom died more than a year ago. I am the heir and trustee of the living trust. I have 2 checks that are made out to
A: If you only have a copy, you would have to Petition the court to accept a copy of the Will in lieu of the original. This requires notice to all who would stand to inherit if the Will were not "admitted" by the Court to Probate. However, if the property is indeed Trust property, then Probate will not help. Have an attorney experienced in Trust matters take a look at the Trust for you to determine whether the Trust had valid provisions determining post death distributions before attempting to open a probate.
Q. If a house is left to three people in a will, does it need to go into probate to be sold?
A: Yes, if the house is in the decedent's name alone and she/he left it to three other individuals in a Will, then a probate will have to be opened and the Will admitted to probate in order to transfer title. You will need to hire an experienced Florida estate administration attorney to assist you with the process. It cannot be done 'pro se.'
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