When a loved one passes away, we understand that it is a difficult time. People experience grief in many different ways. Apart from losing a loved one, there is often many logistics to take care of which may feel overwhelming. Let us help you with the process of dealing with a person’s estate.
What is Probate?
Probate is the court process to properly dispose of and disperse a person’s property after they pass away. Sometimes this is a simple process; sometimes it is complex. The simplicity or complexity is usually related to how much planning the decedent did in advance, the nature and value of the property left by the decedent, the debts of the decedent, and the relationships between the decedent’s relatives.
How long does it take?
Probate will take at least five months but may last over a year depending on the complexity of the case.
Can I avoid probate?
Depending on a decedent’s property, an estate may not need to be probated. Probate can also be avoided in some circumstances through estate planning.
If you have had a loved one pass away recently, give us a call. Situations vary and getting solid, legal advice may save valuable time and resources.