Probate is the court-supervised process of administering a deceased person’s estate. It includes locating and determining the value of the decedent’s assets, paying final bills and distributing the remainder of the estate to the rightful beneficiaries.
The estate’s executor or the attorney representing the estate typically initiates probate. The probate court validates your will and then authorizes the executor to distribute your estate to your beneficiaries, as directed by you, and pay any taxes your estate may owe.
If there is no will, further proceedings by the probate court will be held to determine how the estate will be divided.
Probate can quickly become a complicated and possibly a confrontational process, especially when there may be significant assets, disputes over the will, or tensions between beneficiaries. People should protect their interests and ensure that the process is resolved with minimal emotional and financial impacts.
While probate isn’t always complex, it is important to understand the process. Paul Cain fully understands the process and can guide you through the probate court system. Call 864-784-2270 to schedule an appointment with Paul Cain.