Probate is a court process during which a Decedent’s estate is settled and his or her assets are distributed to heirs or other named beneficiaries. The probate process differs depending on whether a person dies with or without a will. Certain assets are not subject to probate. What does this mean? Probate can be complicated.
Our attorneys have the experience necessary to simplify the process. Our attorneys partner with our clients to identify all of a decedent’s assets, including real property, and then identify which assets are or are not subject to probate.
If assets require probate, our attorneys will counsel the estate’s representative(s) on his/her/their role. Our attorneys explain each step of the probate process and, once in court, will advocate for a determination of the validity of estate planning documents and a just distribution of assets.
Probate can be an expensive and drawn-out process, especially for executors and beneficiaries who may find themselves involved in probate matters lasting one to two years. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping individuals avoid probate by:
- Drafting an estate plan that includes a will and a living trust and guiding you through appropriate titling of assets
- Educating you about the executor’s role in your estate planning
- Selecting the additional estate planning documents that can safe-guard against probate