Probate is the area of law that focuses on the assets and debts left behind after someone dies. Probate is supervised by the probate court. People are often confused because probate can mean a variety of things. It can refer to: the legal process; the court where the process takes place; or, the distribution of assets.
One benefit of probate is that it offers the deceased’s family a degree of certainty about the distribution of assets. It answers questions about whether a will is valid and about the worth of particular assets. While the probate process can offer many answers to the deceased’s family, it’s not without its flaws. The knock on probate is that it can be a long and expensive process. Relatives and potential heirs contesting the will
You may need a probate attorney to assist you if you are having problems with any of the following:
- Proving the validity of a will
- Choosing an estate administrator
- Totaling all assets – in and out of the estate
- Paying all estate taxes and other debts
- Identifying all heirs and other relatives
- Distributing any remaining assets to the heirs as described in the will.