The death of a loved one is hard. Handling the details of resolving debts and distributing assets creates additional stress while dealing with the grief of your loss. Good information and legal representation can provide you with relief from unnecessary legal stress amidst your grief.
Having a solid estate plan is the most important step to pass a legacy to loved ones. The second most important step is often Probate. Probate is the legal process through which legal title passes from the deceased to the living. Many people are uninformed and misinformed about the effect of a Last Will and Testament (a Will) after a person's death. In fact, a Will has no legal effect unless it is probated in court. Probate is the court process that gives legal authority to the Will and legal authority to the person designated in the Will to administer the estate of your loved one. We can help you navigate through the probate process to wrap up the legal affairs of your loved one.
If you don’t have a Will, it is likely your estate will still go through probate, except it could be more complicated and expensive, and you don’t get to choose who gets your property. There are also some alternatives to probate that might be available depending upon the circumstances. It is important that you find an attorney to help you with the probate process or, if available, the best alternative to probate. We can help!
Here are some of the probate procedures and alternatives that we can assist with:
- Dependent Administrations
- Independent Administrations
- Judicial Declarations of Heirship
- Affidavits of Heirships
- Small Estate Affidavits
- Muniments of Title
- Informal Family Settlements