IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA PROBATE RULES
Supreme Court of Florida
IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA PROBATE RULES.
[February 1, 2007]
This matter is before the Court for consideration of proposed amendments to the Florida Probate Rules. We have jurisdiction. See art. V, § 2(a), Fla. Const.
On October 30, 2006, the Florida Probate Rules Committee (Committee) filed a fast track report recommending various amendments to the Florida Probate Rules in response to 2006 legislation. The Committee has proposed amendments to a number of rules, mostly in response to statutory changes made by chapters 2006-77 and 2006-178, Laws of Florida. Chapter 2006-77 became effective June 6, 2006, and chapter 206-178 became effective July 1, 2006. In addition, the Committee has recommended amendments to several rules in order to reflect the recent renumbering of the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration. See In re Amend. to Fla. Rules of Jud. Admin., 939 So. 2d 966 (Fla. 2006). All proposed amendments were approved by unanimous vote of the Committee and the Executive Committee of The Florida Bar Board of Governors. The Committee published the proposals in the November 1, 2006, edition of The Florida Bar News, with a request that comments be filed directly with the Court. No comments have been filed.
Accordingly, upon consideration of the Committee's report and the relevant legislation, we hereby amend the Florida Probate Rules as reflected in the appendix to this opinion. New language is indicated by underscoring; deletions are indicated by struck-through type. The committee notes are offered for explanation only and are not adopted as an official part of the rules. The amendments shall become effective immediately.
It is so ordered.
LEWIS, C.J., and WELLS, ANSTEAD, PARIENTE, QUINCE, CANTERO, and BELL, JJ., concur.
THE FILING OF A MOTION FOR REHEARING SHALL NOT ALTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THESE AMENDMENTS.
Original Proceeding â€“ Florida Probate Rules
John F. Harkness, Jr., Executive Director, and J. Craig Shaw, Staff Liaison, The Florida Bar, Tallahassee, Florida, and Peter A. Sachs, Chair, Florida Probate Rules Committee, West Palm Beach, Florida,
RULE 5.030. ATTORNEYS
(a) - (c) [No Change]
The appearance of an attorney in an estate is a general appearance unless (i) specifically limited at the time of such appearance or (ii) the court orders otherwise. This rule does not affect the right of a party to employ additional attorneys who, if members of The Florida Bar, may appear at any time.
1975 Revision: Subdivision (a) is same as prior rule 5.040 with added provision for withdrawal of attorney similar to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 2.3(d)(2). Subdivision (b) reflects ruling in case of State ex rel. Falkner v. Blanton, 297 So. 2d 825 (Fla. 1974).
1977 Revision: Editorial change requiring filing of petition for withdrawal and service of copy upon interested persons. Editorial change in citation forms in rule and committee note.
1984 Revision: Minor editorial changes and addition of subdivision (c). Committee notes expanded.
1988 Revision: Editorial changes and order of subdivisions rearranged. Committee notes expanded. Citation form changes in committee notes.
1992 Revision: Editorial changes. Committee notes revised. Citation form changes in committee notes.
2003 Revision: Committee notes revised.
2005 Revision: Committee notes revised.
2006 Revision: Committee notes revised.
§ 731.301, Fla. Stat. Notice.
§ 733.106, Fla. Stat. Costs and attorney's fees.
§ 733.212, Fla. Stat. Notice of administration; filing of objections.
§ 733.6175, Fla. Stat. Proceedings for review of employment of agents and compensation of personal representatives and employees of estate.
§ 744.108, Fla. Stat. Guardian's and attorney's fees and expenses.
Fla. Prob. R. 5.041(b) Service of pleadings and papers.
Fla. Prob. R. 5.110(b), (c) Resident agent.
Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.
Fla. R. App. P. 9.440 Attorneys.
RULE 5.040. NOTICE
(a) â€“ (d) [No Change]
Formal notice is the method of service used in probate proceedings and the method of service of process for obtaining jurisdiction over the person receiving the notice.
Informal notice is the method of service of notice given to interested persons entitled to notice when formal notice is not given or required.
Reference in this rule to the terms â€