Vazpuez v. Bvrski, 32 Fla. L. Weekly D2415 (Fla. 2d DCA October 10, 2007)
Prior to his death, a decedent entered a contract to sell real property. The decedent died prior to closing on the contract. The purchaser filed a Petition for Administration in which he expressly alleged the obligation based upon the purchase and sale agreement. The purchaser subsequently filed a Petition for Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem to represent the interests of unidentified heirs, and again alleged the obligation based upon the purchase and sale agreement. The personal representative of the estate subsequently filed a petition for authorization to sell the real property pursuant to the contract.
The guardian ad litem objected claiming, inter alia, the purchaser had failed to file a claim in the estate. The trial court agreed and denied the request for authorization to sell the property.
On appeal, the Second DCA reversed, finding that the initial petition for administration and subsequent documents filed in the probate proceeding, while defective as to form, sufficiently stated the character and extent of the claim and were substantially sufficient to place interested persons on notice of the claim.