Administering an estate after a loved one passes can be a very stressful and difficult time for many people.
Probate is the court-supervised process used to distribute the estate of the deceased. The probate process consists of:
- filing a petition with the court to appoint a personal representative
- paying off debts
- distributing assets
- filing an inventory of the estate
- closing the probate
Probate can be a lengthy and costly process. A Probate with no hiccups can take about six months. A Probate with problems or contentions can take even longer. Appropriate Estate Planning can prevent friends and family from having to go through the Probate process, however, if a Probate is necessary our office can guide you each step of the way and help make an unfortunate situation a little less difficult.
The Affidavit Procedure
Some estates can be administered by utilizing the Small Estate Affidavit procedure. For this process, the estate must be valued at less than $100,000.00, must not consist of real property, and forty days has passed since the date of death. This is a simple process that we can help you with.
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