Probate is a court process that varies by state. Ultimately, the process determines if you have a valid will, who your heirs are, ensure creditors are paid, and distribute your remaining estate to said heirs and any other beneficiaries that were named in your will. Probate proceedings can be expensive and time-consuming.
Additionally, the court proceeding and associated documents are all a matter of public record. Many people choose to avoid probate in order to save money, spare their heirs a legal hassle, and keep their personal affairs private.
Every family situation is different and sometimes the family dynamics dictate that a member of that family is disinherited. Did you know that the person you disinherit can challenge your will and cause your estate an unduly and burdensome delay and associated fees? Some contested probates last for years. When drafting a will, it is important to go through an experienced attorney to make sure that the necessary language is placed in a will so your wishes are carried out.
Extreme grief often accompanies the loss of a loved one. If you are an Executor or Executrix of that loved one’s estate you may be up against additional pressures and stresses. As a representative of an estate, your fundamental duty is to protect the assets and interests of the beneficiaries. We don’t want you to go through this tumultuous time alone. If you are acting as an Executor or Executrix of an estate, the experienced attorneys at Danna and Associates, PC are here to guide you through the probate and estate administration process. Their knowledge of the probate process can help minimize family conflict.