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The only thing harder than losing a loved one is losing a loved one and then going on to experience a tedious, stressful, and often expensive legal process in order to settle their affairs and receive your inheritance. When you are in the midst of grief, the probate process can seem confusing and overwhelming, but when you work with an experienced Palm Beach Gardens probate attorney, you can reduce some of that stress so that you can focus on honoring your loved one and coming to terms with their death.

At Elder Law, P.A., we want to help you understand your rights, simplify the probate process, and represent you should conflict arise. Reach out to schedule a free initial consultation and learn how we can help provide support for you through this tumultuous time.

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What Is Probate And How Does It Work?

When someone dies without a legally valid will, they are said to have died intestate. When someone dies intestate or without other estate planning tools such as trusts in place, the government becomes responsible for the distribution of their estate, which means that all of their worldly assets have to go through the process of probate before they can be distributed.

If they had a will, their estate still has to go through probate, but the government will not direct how their assets are divided; their last will and testament will direct the distribution. The purpose of probate is to validate the will and deal with any challenges or conflicts that arise.

There are several steps to probate, and it’s not necessarily a linear process. If you are the executor of the estate, here are some of the steps that you are likely going to need to take:

1. You must will formally notify the beneficiaries of the will as well as any creditors following the death of the testator

2. The assets listed in the will must be inventoried and provisions made for any necessary upkeep (for example, home maintenance if the testator has left their house behind)

3. You must settle any debts with creditors

4. You must finalize any outstanding taxes

5. You must distribute the assets to the beneficiaries according to the will

6. It’s essential that your communicate these steps to the court throughout the process

7. Finally, you must close the estate and notify the court that the probate process has ended

There might be more or fewer steps depending on the details of the estate and how far ahead the testator has planned. 

What Can A Palm Beach Gardens Probate Attorney Do To Help Me?

To make sure that your probate experience goes smoothly, you will need the help of an experienced Palm Beach Gardens probate attorney who can oversee the process from beginning to end. There are many reasons that working with our attorney will be beneficial to you besides the obvious advantage of comprehensive legal knowledge. Consider these facts:

  • Probate is a complicated process and the average person will need legal guidance.
  • Probate is a tedious process featuring a lot of small details and paperwork; our probate attorney can take care of these elements for you.
  • Probate is an expensive process and can become all the more expensive if a challenge arises. An experienced attorney can help you reduce expenses and swiftly take care of any threatening challenges.
  • Probate can leave you vulnerable to the threat of litigation if any details are not handled correctly. Working with an experienced attorney can protect you as an executor from lawsuits.

It’s in your best interest to let a professional deal with these concerns on your behalf. Probate is tricky, and the last thing you need is to get tied up in tiny, stressful details.

Elder Law, P.A. Can Take Care Of Probate On Your Behalf

You should have space to deal with your grief. Allow the attorneys at Elder Law, P.A. to take on the burden of probate while you focus on your mental and emotional healing. Reach out to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can handle your concerns regarding probate.

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