What is probate?
Probate is the legal process that takes place after someone dies. It makes sure property and possessions are given to the correct people, and any taxes or debts owed are paid in full. If there’s a written will, the court checks that it was signed and witnessed correctly and is valid, and then makes sure the directions in the will are carried out.
During the probate process, the below basic steps are involved:
- Someone is appointed to administer the estate. If there is a Will, the administrator is usually named in the will and is called an executor. If there is no will or no executor named in the will, the probate court appoints someone of its choice.
- Any debts or taxes owed by the deceased are paid.
- The remaining assets are distributed according to the decedent’s wishes if there is a Will, or according to state law if there is not a will.
The probate process, on average, can be completed six to nine months after a probate case is opened with the court. This can vary depending on the court and may take years depending on certain circumstances.
Getting the help from an experienced attorney can help ease your mind and ensure that the probate process goes smoothly. Here at DAL Law Firm, attorney Darcel Lobo can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding probate.
If we can be of assistance, please contact our office at (206) 408-8158 or at www.dallawfirm.com.
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