After you’ve lost a loved one and you close up their estate, you may quickly realize that overseeing an estate can be a time-consuming and complicated process. Legal advice from an experienced lawyer who’s familiar with both state law and how the local probate court works can prove to be invaluable. Probate is the court-supervised process of authenticating a last will and testament and settling a deceased person’s estate. It involves determining the value of the decedent’s assets, paying final bills, taxes and distributing the remainder of the estate to rightful beneficiaries. But you may be wondering about the process of probate?
Attorney Randy Doane of Doane & Doane says:
“You first need to file an initial petition for administration and to appoint a personal representative. You need to file the death certificate and the original last will and testament or let the court know one wasn’t created.”
Once the court has reviewed the pleadings and has appointed a personal representative and signed what’s called letters of administration, the estate is open. For help with probate matters, contact the lawyers at Doane & Doane, who are board certified Probate Attorneys. Their experience enables them to effectively settle, administer, and manage clients’ trusts and estates.