What Do I Need To Know About Probate?
Our law offices have been assisting individuals, and families with the formalities required to sort out the affairs of their loved ones for over 20 years. It can be a confusing time following a death and difficult to know what steps to take first. Our experience will ensure a compassionate and streamlined probate process.
Probate can be a time-consuming and complex legal process. When a person dies somebody has to handle the property and financial affairs of their estate. These may include Real Property, Personal Property, Bank Accounts, and Stocks etc…
The petition for Probate is prepared by the attorney for the individual who will be appointed “executor” or “administrator”. This petition provides information to the court about the decedent, size of the estate, the executor, and information regarding all potential legal heirs of the estate.
Once formally appointed by the court, the executor or administrator (usually a family member) is authorized to collect and inventory all the financial accounts, debts, real property, and personal property of the estate. They will eventually distribute the estate to those legally entitled.