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Last Updated: August 9, 2021

When someone passes away in Florida, the deceased individual’s property is legally required to go through probate court. This ensures assets are correctly distributed to the rightful beneficiaries in accordance with the wishes of the deceased. If the individual resided in Miami-Dade County at the time of their death, this process is handled through the Miami Dade County Probate Court.

It’s important to note that Florida law requires an attorney is present throughout most of the probate process. Therefore, it’s recommended to work with an experienced Miami probate lawyer that understands both state law, and the local court system.

Probate Court Overview

In most cases, probate is handled through the Probate Division of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Florida which is commonly referred to as “probate court.” This court hears cases related to estate planning/administration, guardianship, mental health, incapacity, and more. You can learn more about the Miami Dade County Probate Court and find helpful resources below.

*Please Note*

Information on this page and contained within individual links can help guide you in the right direction; however, it’s not a substitute for professional legal advice. If you’d like to speak with an experienced lawyer for probate in Miami Dade County, call this number today 954-712-3070

Example of a legal document from the Miami Dade County Probate Court that's titled 'Order Admitting Will to Probate'

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Miami Dade County Probate Court Location

Miami-Dade County is the furthest south of any county within the mainland of the United States. It is also one of the three counties that make up the Miami metropolitan area. The county has a total population of over 2.5 million with 19 cities. Major cities within Miami-Dade County include: Miami (proper), Miami City, Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Miami Beach and Homestead. If an individual resides in one of these cities at the time of their death, the local County Court(s) will be responsible for the administration of their assets.

The court that handles most probate matters within Miami-Dade County is the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. In less common cases where a probate hearing isn’t necessary, the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts may handle the case. You can find the address and get directions to both of these courts below.

Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida

175 NW 1st Ave,
Miami, FL 33128
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Stone staircase leading up to large stone pillars at the entrance of the Miami Dade County Probate Court

Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts

73 W Flagler St,
Miami, FL 33128
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Miami Dade County Probate Division Judges

Below is information on judges that hear probate cases in Miami-Dade County. This information is publicly available on the Judicial Directory of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Florida’s website.

Yvonne Colodny – The Honorable Judge Yvonne Colodny is the Administrative Judge of the Circuit Probate Division. She was elected in November of 2008.

Rosa Figarola – The Honorable Judge Rosa C. Figarola was appointed by Governor Rick Scott on August of 2011. She replaced retired Judge Mary Barzee Flores.

Jorge Curto – There is not a lot of publicly available information on the Honorable Judge Jorge E. Curto. The information that’s available can be found in Section CP 01 on the court’s website.

Mindy Glazer – The Honorable Judge Mindy S. Glazer has been a Circuit Court Judge since 2000. She practiced as an attorney for almost 10 years prior to her admittance to the bench.

Celeste Muir – The Honorable Judge Celeste H. Muir has extensive judicial/legal experience.
Judge Muir was admitted to the Florida Bar in the early 70’s and began her judicial career as a County Court Judge in 1985. She then was elected as a Circuit Court Judge in 1990.

Alvan Balent Jr. – Mr. Alvan Balent, Jr. Esq. is the General Magistrate for Probate Matters. He was appointed by The Honorable Bertila Soto in mid-2018.

Miami Dade Probate Court FAQ

  • Where is Probate Done?

    Probate is handled through the local county court where the decedent resides at the time of death. If someone passed away in Miami Dade County, in most cases, probate is done through the Probate Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida. Some probate matters are also handled through the Miami Dade County Clerk of Courts.

  • What Issues Are Handled In Probate Court?

    The Miami Dade County Probate Court handles various matters including:

    • Mental health hearings
    • Guardianship Hearings
    • Formal Probate Administration
    • Summary Probate Administration
    • Disposition Without Administration
    • Issues Involving Trusts
  • What Are The Court’s Hours?

    The court is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM excluding holidays. You can obtain a list of holidays the court closes on here.

  • Where Can I Park?

    Parking is limited around the courthouse so it’s advised to take the Metro Bus or another means of public transportation and exiting at Government Center station.

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