Probate – Taking Care of Final Wishes
Once the whirlwind of the funeral and well-wishes has passed, the next step is to figure out what happens with all the “stuff” the deceased left behind. Not just the physical items, but also bills and assets and even digital assets like email and social media accounts must be taken care of and settled.
This is where probate comes into play. Probate is a court proceeding where the deceased’s last will and testament, if there is one, is acted out to satisfy creditors and to pass along items to those they intended to inherit said items. This is overseen by a named executor or administrator. Should there be no will in place, state law steps in to dictate who has initial rights to assets and property, resulting in sometimes contentious dealings.
What Is the Probate Process?
The steps of probate typically involve:
- Executor named to administer
- Will proven in court to be valid
- Property found, audited and appraised
- Taxes, bills and debts paid first
- Remaining assets and property distributed according to wishes (if there is a will) or state law (if no will)
Questions About Probate?
Siedentopf Law can help you draft the probate petition, properly file it with the court, assist in the required notices, answer questions, draft deeds for transfers, and many other probate-related aspects. Reach out to us today or schedule your consultation online and we'll help you through the probate process.
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