When a Loved One Dies, You Need Fast & Accurate Answers
When your loved one dies, you want to make sure the assets are transferred to the heirs as quickly and easily as possible. Probate is a legal procedure that ensures that the assets of a deceased person get to the correct heirs. It also provides a way to ensure that creditors of the estate get paid.
A probate is required when the decedent dies with assets in their name. If the assets are in the name of the decedent at the time of death then we cannot get the signature to transfer those assets.
Thus, we need to assign someone else, called the personal representative, the power to sign for those assets on behalf of the decedent. The personal representative is chosen and affirmed in probate court. Because probate is a court proceeding, it is recommended that you hire a competent law firm to ensure that the process is fast and smooth.
When a person dies with assets in a trust, the trust must be administered by the trustee. Often, this can be a complicated process if the trust is not clear. Trust Administration is the process of following the rules of the trust. This often means gather the assets, paying creditors, paying taxes, and then distributing the assets to the beneficiaries. We assist folks in administrating trusts and contesting trusts of which they are a beneficiary.
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If you have a question about probate or trust administration, please fill out this form and we can schedule a time for you to speak with the attorney.