Probate Administration

What is Probate? 

Probate is a court process through which a person’s property is gathered and distributed after they pass away. The probate process is required to open and administer the deceased person's estate, also known as the decedent. Whether the decedent had a Will or not, in most cases, the probate process must begin. 

In broad strokes, probate means, in many instances, the following: 

  • Appointing a personal representative or executor to oversee the estate.
  • Gathering the assets of the estate and determining their value.
  • Paying the decedent’s debts and final expenses from the estate.
  • Distributing remaining assets to the appropriate people or entities, in line with the decedent’s wishes and all relevant local laws.
  • Completing an accounting to be provided to the court, which is public record 
  • Obtaining a bond (e.g., insurance) on the estate.
  • Dealing with and settling with creditors on the estate. 
  • Obtaining an appraisal for personal property.
  • Engaging in an estate sale.

JS Burton understands that stepping into an administrator or executor role can be overwhelming and is ready to advise and help you complete the probate process to a successful end.  

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