When a family member passes away, the relatives left behind often find themselves with a long “to-do” list of tasks. In addition to planning a memorial and taking care of other personal needs, these loved ones must also honor the deceased person’s will.
Probate is the process of giving legal recognition to the will and ensuring that the instructions in it are carried out properly. While it is possible to probate a will without the help of an attorney, working with an experienced probate lawyer can help simplify the process and prepare you for potential obstacles, such as tax bills.
Generally speaking, most wills are probated according to the following steps:
The probate process may take anywhere from a few months to several years. Factors that can extend probate include the complexity of the estate, difficulties understanding the will, or challenges to the will brought by inheritors or creditors.
Do you need insight into how to handle the probate process? The Gudorf Law Group can help prevent problems, minimize tax consequences and honor your loved one’s wishes. Call us now at 1-937-898-5583 for a private consultation about your rights and options.