Find the right lawyer now

Probate Process

Find a Local Bankruptcy & Finances Lawyer near You

What Is the Probate Process?

The probate process is a formal process that determines how the assets of a deceased person are handled.

What Are Some Important Stages in the Probate Process?

Understanding the probate process can help you avoid various disputes and contests that may occur upon the death of a loved one. Some important stages in the state probate process include:

  • Proving that the will of the deceased is valid.
  • Identifying and appraising the property of the deceased.
  • Managing payment of all debts and taxes related to the estate of the deceased.
  • Distributing the decedent's property as defined by the will or state law.

Should Probate Be Avoided?

Probate is a time-consuming process that may result in serious disputes over property. A number of legal mechanism exist that enable a person to distributed property upon death while avoiding probate. For example, a person can avoid probate by utilizing trusts, life insurance policies, and joint tenancy.

Do I Need a Lawyer for the Probate Process?

If you need to file for the probate process, you should contact a wills probate lawyer in your area. Your attorney can help you with the filing process and can also make sure that your interests are addressed. Also, your lawyer can represent your interests in the event that a dispute or legal conflict arises during probate.

Photo of page author Peter Clarke

, LegalMatch Content Manager

Last Modified: 06-26-2018 07:09 PM PDT

Law Library Disclaimer
  • No fee to present your case
  • Choose from lawyers in your area
  • A 100% confidential service
What is LegalMatch?

We've helped more than 4 million clients find the right lawyer – for free. Present your case online in minutes. LegalMatch matches you to pre-screened lawyers in your city or county based on the specifics of your case. Within 24 hours experienced local lawyers review it and evaluate if you have a solid case. If so, attorneys respond with an offer to represent you that includes a full attorney profile with details on their fee structure, background, and ratings by other LegalMatch users so you can decide if they're the right lawyer for you.