When a loved one, such as a parent, passes on, it can be difficult to pick up the pieces and move forward with your life.
Even so, you need to know what's expected of you to ensure that everything is taken care of in the appropriate manner. This means many things, including the legal distribution of assets as a means of bringing an end to his or her affairs.
If your loved one had a will, you'll have some guidance as to what you should do next. However, this doesn't mean you can simply transfer property and leave it at that. Instead, you need to learn more about the probate process in your area.
In short, probate is the court process that allows for the distribution of assets. Although there are times when probate can be avoided, such as in the event of a small estate or the use of a trust, this typically comes into play.
As you go through the probate process, you'll be faced with questions regarding:
-- How to submit the appropriate paperwork to the court.
-- Your responsibilities as a will executor.
-- The process for actually distributing the property.
At our law firm, we know that dealing with probate after the death of a loved one can be extremely stressful. This is why we take pride in providing a high level of service, allowing you to grieve while still knowing that everything is being taken care of.
With the help of an experienced legal professional, probate is not nearly as challenging as it sounds.