Probate and Estate Administration

Probate is the legal process of settling the estate of someone who has passed away.  It generally includes:

  • 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.

Probate is a complex process that is established by law.  You may miss essentials steps that could invalidate the work that you do.  Further, if you are acting as the Personal Representative or Administrator of the estate, you could be held personally liable for any violation of your fiduciary duties to the estate and its beneficiaries. An attorney experienced in the probate process can be your guide through the process.  It could end up costing a lot more to fix later if the process isn’t done correctly from the beginning.  It is important to remember that you are not required to employ the attorney who drafted the Will.  You should select someone you trust to help manage the process.

 

At the Law Offices of Jenny Ling, PLLC, we are experienced in shepherding you through the probate process.  As you are dealing with feelings of loss and grief, we can be your trusted advisor to ensure that your loved one’s wishes are honored in the most timely way possible.

 

Contact us to discuss how we can help you.

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