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To many, the word “probate” can be a scary term. The grief of dealing with a loved one’s death is already overwhelming. Having to make decisions about that person’s estate and assets only adds to the emotional stress. That’s why the term “probate” often produces a sense of apprehension for those involved. But it doesn’t have to.
Probate is simply the judicial process by which a will—if one exists—is “proved” to be the deceased’s true last testament, the decedent’s assets are distributed, and all debts and taxes are paid. This process usually lasts six months to a year. Probate’s main goal is to correctly transfer the decedent’s assets to his or her heirs. The court is there to oversee the job the personal representative does and make sure the will’s instructions are followed.
So if you’re heading toward, or are already in the middle of, probate proceedings, we’re here to help. We’ll handle the nitty-gritty details of the process so that you can focus on the things that matter: your family, honoring your loved one’s memory, and ensuring their assets are distributed as they intended. Call us today to find out how we can help make the complex probate process a little easier.