Probate is the legal process through which a deceased person's estate is administered and distributed according to their will or, if there is no will, according to the laws of intestacy in the jurisdiction where the deceased resided. The probate process involves proving in court that the deceased person's will is valid, identifying and inventorying the deceased person's property, paying debts and taxes, and distributing the remaining property to the beneficiaries or heirs.
The probate process typically involves several steps, which may vary depending on the jurisdiction, but generally include:
Filing the will (if there is one) and petitioning the court to open probate.
Appointment of an executor or personal representative to administer the estate.
Identifying and inventorying the deceased person's assets.
Paying debts, taxes, and expenses of the estate.
Distributing the remaining assets to the beneficiaries or heirs according to the will or state law.
Probate can be a lengthy and sometimes costly process, and it is often criticized for its complexity and potential for delays. As a result, many people seek to avoid probate by utilizing estate planning tools such as trusts or by titling assets in a way that allows them to pass outside of probate, such as through joint tenancy or beneficiary designations.
Our focus, for many clients, is avoiding the prospect of probate. But, if your family member's estate does end up in probate, we are more than ready to help with with proper probate administration, and litigation, if needed.
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