My uncle died in Seminole County, FL, 11/21/15. No spouse or lineal family. No life insurance, no vehicles, bank account with $2.00 balance. Only asset he owned is small piece of property with a 1979 double-wide, water damaged mobile home where he lived and died. He left a will naming me as Executor and sole heir
of all his Residue property. I filed it with the Probate
Division of Clerk of Circuit Court of Seminole County for safe keeping after his death. I paid for his cremation, past due property taxes 2013-2015, past due utilities and have his original Quit Claim Deed showing ownership of property by him. No liens can be found on property. I could not find the title to mobile home. Property taxes valued property at $10,000 and mobile home at $6,500. I notified property tax collector of his death and Homestead Exemption was removed. His only creditors are medical bill balances not covered by Medicare and VA. I had his mail forwarded to me so I could get list of creditors. I have not notified them of uncle’s death. I am getting letters from collection agencies threatening to file law suits. How can they file for judgment against a dead man? Is his homestead still protected from medical creditors? Since Homestead is only asset, Clerk told me to file “Petition to Determine Protected Homestead Status of Real Property”. Since I am not lineal ancestor and do not reside in his home, can I and should I do that? I plan to file for Summary Administration which has place for list of creditors and proof of payment or arrangements to pay. Do I have to notify or pay creditors before filing for Summary Administration? I cannot afford to pay medical bill balances. Most were for treatment before uncle’s last 60 days of life. I also cannot afford to hire an attorney. Do I have to notify creditors with letters before filing for Summary Administration? Can I place ads in newspapers instead? If yes, Seminole County, my county or both? Can medical creditors put liens on property? If I wait for 2yrs after his death to file, does his will become invalid? There is possible IRS debt of $14,000, making property worth less than debts owed, but no lien is found and I have received no letter. I know they check probate daily. Should I just file Summary with list of creditors and Homestead Petition and wait for judge’s instructions? I know to include Death Certificate and cremation bill when I file, but should I include bank statement, taxes and bills I also paid with my own money when I file? What do I do NOW ABOUT MEDICAL COLLECTOR THREATS?