Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, P.A
Deal with the Loss of a Loved One
A probate attorney can guide you through this challenging time and help you execute your loved one’s wishes.
It is time to be with your family.
But instead, you are sitting at your kitchen table sifting through documents; trying to make since of it all.
Are you a family member whose loved one did not prepare their estate for death?
Are you worried your family will be torn apart by the probate process?
Does your loved one’s estate include business, real estate, or other accounts that require special handling?
Probate is a legal process, required for most estates, that occurs after an individual has died. The estate is made up of all tangible and intangible assets owned by the decedent at the time of death.
The process includes:
• Identifying, securing, and valuing all assets
• Allowing creditors to file claims against the estate
• Ensuring all state and federal taxes owed by the estate have been paid
• Legally transferring the estate assets to the beneficiaries or heirs
If your loved one named you, or someone else, as an Executor in the Will, you are in charge of overseeing the probate process. If the decedent did not leave a will, you may be volunteering for the task.
Depending on how well your family member planned for death, these matters can be complicated, time-consuming, and stressful for the whole family.
In some cases, probate can be avoided. We will review all the available options to create a customized plan that works for your situation, budget, and family dynamic.
To learn more about our probate and estate administration services, complete the contact form below or call us to schedule your free consultation.