What is Probate?
Probate is a word that is very misused and misunderstood. Essentially the probate process provides for the orderly distribution of your assets upon your death in a means and manner that you decide in advance by executing a properly drafted last will and testament. You can decide who will inherit your assets, and who you will appoint as the personal representative, who is the person who will carry out the directions of that last will and testament. A properly drafted last will and testament will exempt your personal representative from many of the rules and restrictions that the law will impose.
The Probate Court is a place where you probate last wills and testaments. The reason probate is important is that it is a means to convey your assets. Without the proper details and methods being utilized the transfer of such things as real property, receipt of funds from an account or insurance policy are impossible. Debbie will help your family or loved ones with recommending the necessary process to be followed to efficiently and effectively convey any assets that may be subject to your last will and testament. Sometimes there are reasons that last wills and testaments may not actually have to be admitted to probate and the probate process is not required. Each situation is fact specific. Debbie will help guide you or your personal representative or family with the proper steps or actions to take in each specific situation.