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Understanding Probate Law

Probate is a legal process that occurs when an individual passes away, and their estate property, assets and other personal items undergo a transition of ownership to one or more beneficiaries. Assets detailed in a legal trust may not be subject to probate law, and the details of a last will and testament can help to make the transition as smooth as possible. If there is no legal document that addresses the distribution of assets upon death, then the decision will fall on a probate court. A skilled estate planning attorney can provide a decisive advantage throughout the probate process, and discussing your situation with a professional is strongly encouraged.

The probate process consists of a number of specific steps such as the court-naming of an executor, notification of any and all heirs, complete inventory of assets, payment of outstanding taxes or other debts to pay estate expenses, and finally, distribution of assets including payment to the heirs as deemed appropriate by the court. The probate process can be very time-consuming, with some cases taking years before a final conclusion. Because of this, some individuals may plan ahead and create a trust or a will that can make the process easier for everyone.

Contact a Probate Attorney in Naples

At Wollman, Gehrke & Solomon, P.A., the needs of the client come first. Their firm is composed of reputable, accomplished and skilled attorneys and legal professionals who take probate law very seriously, and work closely with every client to build the best possible case. They are very familiar with probate law and have helped many residents throughout Naples, Marco Island and Bonita Springs to find a favorable conclusion in their probate proceedings. Probate is a necessary component in the transition of a loved one's belongings, but it can be smoother with the right representation. Contact the firm if you are preparing to enter into the probate process and want an experienced professional at your side.

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