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The loss of a family member or close friend is one of the most difficult things we can encounter. The need to handle the estate through the courts creates stress and confusion, all during a time fully occupied with critical matters such as hospice care, funeral home services, and grieving family members.

How Does Probate Work?

Probate law controls the way in which a county administers and distributes the estate of the departed, and several other areas including name changes. Probate is a process to address and resolve claims and issues which arise whether there is a will (testate) or not (intestate).

Understanding Probate

There are four basic steps to probate, which Attorney Greg Port describes in the following video:

1. File a petition in probate court and give notice to heirs and beneficiaries.
2. Following appointment by the court, the executor must give notice to all known creditors of the estate and take an inventory of the estate property.
3. All estate and funeral expenses, debts and taxes must be paid from the estate.
4. Legal title in property is transferred according to the will or under the laws of intestacy (if the deceased did not have a will).

The process may seem complicated but with solid council the process can go smoothly. 

 

What Is Involved in Estate Administration?

After a person passes away and the initial probate filing has been made, the case goes through what’s referred to as the Estate Administration.

This generally involves identifying property of the deceased, getting control of the property, paying bills and necessary expenses, and then distributing the property to the beneficiaries.

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Why Choose a Probate Attorney?

The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult things we can encounter. Dealing with the property, assets, and finances must be handled objectively and with confidence. Often, without the support of professional legal guidance, probate can become a complicated process.

 

When it comes to the complexities of probate law, Port Legal is prepared to help you along the way, making it a smoother, much less stressful process in your time of grief.

Peace of mind.

Without the support of professional legal guidance, it can further complicate the process, from procedural miscues to interpersonal conflicts that arise as an outcome. Dealing with the property, assets, and finances must be handled objectively and with confidence. When it comes to the legalities of probate law, Port Legal is prepared to help you along the way, making it a smoother, much less stressful process in your time of grief.

 

 

No up-front fees.

Most people want to know how much the probate process cost. With Port Legal, there are no up-front costs or hidden fees. You won't pay a dime until the probate process is completed and your loved ones wishes have been fulfilled.

Extreme circumstances.

Are you worried about where to start when it comes to taking care of a relative's real estate or belongings? We specialize in difficult situations like hoarder households and unattended homes where the next of kin live far away. We can take charge and relieve the stress and worry. We work with companies that organize and unclutter homes and get the houses rehabbed and ready for sale.

Talk to a Probate Attorney Today

Our initial exploratory consultations are completely free of charge and intended to equip you to make the best decision for you, your family and your business.

Are you ready to get started? Call 614-641-7399 or fill out the form to request your free consultation and take the first step towards navigating probate.