What Is Probate?

Probate is the formal legal process of winding up the recently deceased's affairs. During the probate process, the Probate Court determines the validity of the deceased's will, if they have one, and establishes guidelines for the administration of the deceased’s assets.  After successful completion of probate, an executor or administrator may distribute the deceased's assets amongst beneficiaries, creditors, and any others with a valid interest in the decedent's estate. 

Why Should I Go Through The Probate Process?

​When a loved one passes away, ownership of their property passes immediately to the beneficiaries as stated in their will.  However, there must be an actual transfer of ownership of the property, which in many cases requires documentation that can only be provided after completing the probate process.  "Why involve the Probate Court?", you may ask.  The purpose of the court is to protect the rights of the family, those entitled to receive property, and, yes, even the creditors of the decedent's estate.  The court can issue final judgments on ownership claims, and issue legal documentation that can be used to prove new ownership of property.

Why Do I Need A Probate Attorney? 

The probate process is complex, and, if not handled correctly, it can be frustrating, expensive, and time consuming.   Having an attorney guide you through the probate process, create and file the proper documentation, and represent your interest can save you a lot of heart ache.  

Most often, people are unprepared when it comes to handling the loss of a loved one and the probate process is just one more task thrown on their slate of things to do. The attorneys at Law Office of Gideon and Jones are well aware of the sensitive nature associated with the probate process, and we work closely with our clients to ensure that their loved one's assets are properly administered.  If you are in need of a probate attorney, please contact us, to set up a free consultation.  


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