Probate and Estate Planning
Probate, or the court process which occurs after someone passes away, is a long and complicated journey. When someone passes away, all of their assets must pass through the court system before being distributed. Currently, between required waiting periods and Court delays, this process often takes close to a year, even when everyone is in agreement and the deceased person did not have many assets.
From household items to bank accounts, everything that someone owned will have to go through the probate process. This requires numerous filings with the Court to both show and verify assets that belong to the estate, and then to confirm the status of those assets, and then to ask permission to distribute those assets. Meanwhile, creditors have the ability to pursue your loved one’s assets. The probate process can be both frustrating and confusing.
The best and easiest way to manage the probate process is to work with an experienced probate attorney. There are a number of traps and tricks that occur within the process that an attorney will be able to assist with. Dealing with the Court system, creditors, and disputing families can dramatically delay the distribution of assets. Working with an attorney can simplify the process, as the attorney can work directly with all parties to ensure a seamless interaction with the Court and to make sure that your loved one’s estate is properly handled.
Contact our attorneys at Welts, White & Fontaine today to discuss how we can help with the probate process.