Probate is the process by which legal title of the property is transferred from a decedent's estate to his or her heirs. The process, which is supervised by the court, consists of inventorying the assets in the estate, paying debts and taxes, and distributing the remaining assets to the decedent's heirs.
If the decedent dies with a Will ("testate"), the Executor named in the Will is in charge of the probate process and ultimately distributes the assets in accordance with the instructions provided in the Will. If the decedent dies without a Will ("intestate"), the court appoints an Administrator (typically a family member) who is in charge of the process and ultimately distributes the assets in accordance with the laws of the state.
The probate process can be long and arduous - the very last thing one would want to deal with after losing a loved one. We assist Executors and Administrators in an attempt to make the process as fast and simple as possible.