Probate is a legal process that takes place after someone has passed away. This process includes:

  • Proving in court that a deceased person’s will is valid (if one was created prior to their death)
  • Identifying and inventorying the deceased person’s property
  • Appraising the property
  • Paying debts and taxes
  • Distributing the remaining property as the will or state law directs

Typically, probate involves paperwork and court appearances by lawyers. A knowledgeable probate attorney can help your family through this process to minimize stress and ensure that you have time to concentrate on what is most important – the loss of your loved one.