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Seek Legal Help When Dealing with Probate

August 27, 2020

When a family member dies, mourning and a sense of loss ensues. Adding to this difficult time are the legal issues that take place after death — a process named probate. It’s something you may possibly have to deal with in order for the beneficiaries to inherit the deceased’s assets.

At the office of Walter J. Pink & Associates, PC, we understand that executing your family member's will can be stressful and challenging. Rather than tackling it all yourself, count on us to handle the process for you. Our skilled attorneys are experts on probate law and will work on your behalf, filing all necessary paperwork and meeting deadlines with the court in order to get the matter settled as quickly as possible.

 

Not everything a person owns will automatically go through probate. Assets that generally do not go through probate are jointly owned assets that transfer to the surviving owner, assets that have beneficiaries, and assets that are in a trust. Probate most typically applies only if the deceased’s estate will have complicated problems, such as many debts that can't easily be paid from the property left behind.

Some executors choose to manage the process of settling the deceased’s estate themselves. Others choose to use lawyers who are familiar with local probate procedure. Regardless, probate is a legal process that requires the following:

  • proving in court that a deceased person's will is valid
  • identifying and inventorying the deceased person's property
  • having the property appraised
  • paying debts and taxes, and
  • distributing the remaining property as the will (or state law, if there's no will) directs.

Your partner in probate matters

At the office of Walter J. Pink & Associates, PC, our lawyers want to reduce your stress by navigating the complex probate process in a timely and efficient manner. For more information on our services, give us a call today.

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