After a loved one passes away, settling their estate may feel like an overwhelming burden on the family. An already emotional time can easily be made worse by the complicated legal proceedings involved in probate.
Probate is the court based process for transferring a loved one’s property to the heirs named in their Will In the instance that there is no Will, the courts will make this decision for you. If you and your family are beginning this process, speak with a Marietta probate lawyer at Nelson Elder Care Law. Our experienced attorneys can guide you through this difficult time and help ensure that your loved one’s final wishes are achieved.
The probate process begins with filing the deceased’s Will in court. The Will typically names a personal representative, also known as an executor, to take care of the legal proceedings surrounding the deceased person’s property, home, and savings.
The process can be lengthy, especially in complex cases, but it generally takes a minimum of about six months to a year to settle a Will. The skilled probate attorneys at our firm can help to move this process along and avoid time-consuming mistakes.
The executor’s primary responsibility is to distribute the property and savings according to the instructions outlined in the Will. Becoming an executor is voluntary and there are many important responsibilities that come along with the role. An executor’s mismanagement of estate funds may lead to personal liability for any losses that result, so it is important to seek legal counsel if you are undertaking this job.
As an executor, your responsibilities in the probate process include:
The only circumstances in which a Will does not have to go through probate proceedings is if the deceased person did not own any property on their own, or if the Will only contains things that may be legally excluded from probate. However, even if the Will only includes non-probate items, it still must be filed with the probate court.
Some examples of things that may avoid probate include:
The lawyers at our Marietta office have extensive probate experience and can advise on what things may or may not have to go through probate. We can also help you use estate planning strategies so that your family can avoid probate in the future.
Probate can be a stressful process for anyone involved. The proceedings may be even more difficult if there are family disagreements over the terms of the Will or who will receive what inheritance.
If you wish to lessen the stress of your future heirs, consult the legal team at Nelson Elder Care Law on strategies for avoiding probate. If you are currently going through the legal process after the death of a loved one, our Marietta probate lawyers can advise you on executor duties and help you reach an efficient resolution. Give us a call today to discuss your situation.
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