Florida Probate Court Records Afforded Additional Levels of Privacy Online
Florida’s online public court records are extremely easily accessible, making the state a national leader in that area. A new system for online records is expected to debut later this year, which will add new levels of sophistication for people seeking information about court cases. This system will have two different tiers of public viewership, based on whether or not users are willing to provide information about themselves to access the files.
The biggest reason for the tiered approach is to give extra levels of privacy to probate court records. The principle is that while everyone should have easy access to criminal or civil court records, probate and family court records often contain slightly more sensitive information, such as financial information from divorce proceedings, estate values and asset distribution.
People who wish to access probate and family court records in the public system online will have to submit a notarized application and get approval from the appropriate clerk’s office. In some counties, applicants may have to pay a subscription fee. People who wish to access the records in person at their local courthouse can still access those records anonymously. The courts simply want to put some safeguards in place to protect the privacy of people who have gone through probate and family law court proceedings.
The application for online access to the probate and family law records will require people to submit their name, address, email, phone number and reason to access the online records. They will then receive a username and password to log in to the system.
To learn about other ways you can improve the levels of privacy in your estate plan now and in the future, contact the skilled Florida lawyers at the Charles Law Offices.