Deal with the Loss of a Loved One

A probate attorney can guide you through this challenging time and help you execute your loved one’s wishes.

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Dealing with Loss

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is undoubtedly a challenging time for any of us. A probate attorney can guide help guide you through commonly asked questions such as:

  • What do I do if my family member did not prepare their estate in event of death?
  • Will my family be torn apart by the probate process? How do I handle this delicately?
  • What happens to my loved one's business, real estate, etc. that require special handling?

Probate is a legal process, required for most estates, that occurs after an individual has died. The estate is made up of all tangible and intangible assets owned by the decedent at the time of death.

If your loved one named you, or someone else, as an Executor in the Will, you are in charge of overseeing the probate process. If the decedent did not leave a will, you may be volunteering for the task. Depending on how well your family member planned for death, these matters can be complicated, time-consuming, and stressful for the whole family.

In some cases, probate can be avoided. We will review all the available options to create a customized plan that works for your situation, budget, and family dynamic.

The probate process includes:

  • Identifying, securing, and valuing all assets
  • Allowing creditors to file claims against the estate
  • Ensuring all state and federal taxes owed by the estate have been paid
  • Legally transferring the estate assets to the beneficiaries or heirs

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