Probate

If a loved one passes without the proper planning, a probate estate will have to be opened to distribute property according to the decedent’s last will and testament, if there was one, or, if there is not will, to appoint an personal representative to take care of the assets according to state law. This process can be difficult, time consuming, and expensive. It can also create conflict within families during an already difficult and emotionally charged time.

Once a personal representative is appointed by the Court, that person then has the responsibility to identify and complete an inventory of all estate property, including real estate, accounts, claims, and tangible personal belongings. Later the personal representative will pay claims of creditors made against the estate, pay taxes on behalf of the decedent, and distribute the remaining estate assets to various beneficiaries or heirs. Having an experienced attorney such as Aaron Cook help with probate will make a confusing process much easier.

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