I have a question regarding a Probate case in Miami, Florida. I am the current Executor. I don't live in the State, but I hired a lawyer to represent me. On 5/8/01 the case would have been opened for a year. The Estate is small, less than $100,000 but more than $65,000. There are no outstanding loans, debts, or credits on the Estate. All necessary forms have been signed and returned to the Lawyer. In my limited view of the Law, this case should have been closed six months ago, at least. I feel the Lawyer is dragging it on. In October 2000, he stated the we were waiting for the IRS clearance to comeback stating that there are no taxes on the Estate. Last month, I received a letter from the court stating that, for a year, the case has been dormant. Papers will have to be filed in order to either close the case or extend it. When I asked the Lawyer about this, he stated that this is routine and the courts computer kicked this letter out. The letter also stated if no forms are filed in the next 30-45 days, the case will be dismissed. I am fed up at this point. If I go with a new lawyer now, do I have to start from the beginning and wait another year or can the new lawyer pick up where the case left off? If I go with a new lawyer, will they be able to end the case in the next 30-45 days? What can I do if anything, as Executor, to end this case myself?