Sometimes estate settlement is one of the hardest aspects of dealing with the death of a family member. This doesn’t have to be the case if proper preparation of all estate documents took place prior to the death. If you have the services of an experienced estate lawyer at your disposal, there can be even less worry and strife.
What is Probate?
The Probate Process
In addition to proving in a court of law that the deceased individual’s will is valid, probate also declares the probate process also involves:
- Identifying and inventorying the deceased’s personal and real property
- Having the property appraised
- Paying debts and taxes
- Distributing the remaining property as the will (or if there is no will, then state law) directs