There are 3 basic types of proceedings for administering the decedent's estate:
Formal Administration Florida Statute 733
This type of proceeding is used when it is necessary to appoint a personal representative to act on behalf of the estate because there are considerable assets or other special circumstances. The capacity in which the representative will act is determined by the Court at the time of the appointment and letters of administration will be issued to the representative so that he/she may complete the administration of the estate. for more information view the Formal Probate Administration Checklist (PDF).
Summary Administration Florida Statute 735.210
Summary administration may be filed when the value of the entire estate does not exceed $75,000.
Disposition of Personal Property Without Administration Florida Statute 735.301
The disposition is filed to request release of assets of the deceased to the person who paid the final expenses, such as funeral bills or medical bills for the last 60 days. This procedure may be accomplished with the filing of a petition. The form required to file the disposition is available from the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court. This cannot include real property. For more information view the Disposition of Personal Property Without Administration (PDF).