Probate is a court-supervised legal process for dealing with the disposition of property after death. It is not always advisable or necessary. The probate process mainly includes:
If you've lost a loved one, you may need to probate your loved one's estate. In most cases, if your loved one had a well planned estate it's likely that most of their property would pass to estate beneficiaries through a trust, or via other non-probate transfers. In the absence of an estate plan, it can still be possible to avoid probate. Some questions to ask are:
If you need to probate the estate, its best to hire a probate attorney to handle the legal proceedings for you. Many families try to go it alone, and while some may be successful, many are not. Further, when administration of a decedent's estate doesn't proceed smoothly, there is fertile ground for creditor claims and family disputes which often erupt into litigation that eats away at the estate.
If you’ve lost someone and need to probate their will, or their estate in the absence of a will, the Barilari & Williams, LLP is here to help you. Just follow these simple steps to get started.
It’s that simple. Contact our probate attorney to get started today.