In re Amendments to Florida Probate Rules, — So.2d —-, 2007 WL 268753 (Fla. Feb 01, 2007)

To those of us who live in this world, new probate rules are yet another piece of the puzzle to keep up with.  So here you are.  Below is the Florida Supreme Court’s preamble and order making the changes effective immediately.

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.