Probate Attorney in Oneonta, Alabama
What is Probate Law?
Probate is a routine court process that occurs when a person passes away and the deceased’s property needs to be distributed.
This process includes:
- validation of a deceased person’s will
- finding the authorization of a person’s property
- monitoring and paying all liabilities, if any, including taxes and other debts from the deceased person’s estate
The final part of the process is division of the remaining estate according to the will or as per state law if there is no will.
Steps of Probate
There are several steps involved in the probate process. It is recommended that you consult with a probate lawyer to better understand how everything works and how long the process is expected to take.
- The court decides if the assets are subject to probate or not, as not all assets are a part of the process
- The court checks the will for validity purposes
- The estate is opened by an appointed representative, and beneficiaries and creditors are notified
- Assets that pass through the estate are collected by an appointed representative
- Any debts that are on the estate are satisfied
- Assets are then distributed to beneficiaries
- After distribution, the estate is closed
In case the deceased did not create a will, the process still continues without its presence.
Why You Need a Probate Attorney
Getting a proper distribution of will is a serious and vital issue, and a probate lawyer can provide guidance.
A probate attorney can represent your case to distribute resources as mentioned in a will and ensure you understand every aspect of your case.
There are many additional issues that may arise, such as:
- exclusion of certain property (assets held in living trust, retirement accounts, assets held in joint tenancy etc.)
- probate administration being challenged
It is crucial that you have your own representation to ensure that your best interests are being fully represented.
How Can We Help You?
The Law Firm of Ted Williams Jr. LLC has strong knowledge and years of practice in handling probate and estate administration cases in the state of New York.
We provide you with the guidance you need to help you understand the sensitive aspects of probate.
Call us now for a consultation at (205) 623-4443.