Manage Difficult Probate Issues With Experienced Legal Aid
Most people believe that once they draft a will, the process is done. Their assets will pass without problems. The person who wrote the will has finished their part, but it is just the beginning for their beneficiaries. After someone dies, their will has to go through probate and must be validated in court.
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What Is Probate?
Probate is the process, under the guidance of the court, that allows an estate to be settled. The purpose is to make sure that there is not any fraud, and that the deceased's wishes are upheld.
Essentially, the estate is frozen until the will is verified. It also allows the person's creditors and taxes to be paid before the estate is distributed according to the will and closed.
The Probate Process
The process involves quite a few steps, usually in this order:
- Appointing an executor
- Identifying/collecting the assets
- Paying creditors
- Settling probate disputes
- Distributing the assets
Assets to distribute can include:
- Investment securities (stocks and bonds)
- Life insurance policies
- Real estate
- Retirement accounts
Asset distribution is the final step because any state and federal taxes must be paid from the estate before distributing anything to the heirs.
If someone disputes a will, a judge will hear testimony and examine evidence. If the will is thrown out, a previous will can be enforced. The estate might also pass through intestate succession, meaning the probate court will determine who gets the assets.
You Can Ease This Complicated Process With Professional Guidance
Even the most accomplished executors often find that it is best to have a probate attorney at their side to help them overcome issues of accuracy and fairness. You want someone who will keep your loved one's interests at heart, someone who will make sure their estate is distributed as the way they wanted.