Dealing with the loss of a loved one, or an illness that leaves one incapacitated to handle his or her affairs, can be very tough.
Many residents in West Hartford & East Hartford hear that probate can be an expensive, time-consuming, and also a very public process.
The best way to avoid the probate process is to get started on your estate planning, however if you now must go through probate courts to finalize your estate, it’s best for you to get educated & work with a law firm who can get the process done as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.
A smooth probate process avoids unnecessary delays and preserves assets for the heirs. When probate is mismanaged, assets remain frozen as legal fees eat away at the value of the estate.
We start off with an initial consultation to meet with the executor/ family members involved, review the assets & heirs of the decedent, and get a better understanding of how to proceed with the probate.
Serving as an executor of an estate is a tedious and overwhelming responsibility. In addition to the emotional endurance one must have, the executor must be able to quickly grasp the laws and responsibilities enforced by the government. It’s like visiting a foreign country, where nobody speaks your native language.
Fortunately, there is help.
Frequently Asked Questions
Probate is the legal process of settling an estate at the time of ones’ death.
It is a legal procedure supervised by the Probate Court to determine if a Last Will and Testament if valid.
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The purpose of probate is to act as a protection against fraud after someone’s death.
Until the judge’s orders, the assets of the estate are frozen.
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Anything in your SOLE name will go through probate upon your death and will be distributed in accordance with the terms of your will.
If assets are jointly owned, they are not subject to probate.
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Our Probate process is broken down to 7 easy to understand steps.
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Probate is split between 3 main basics, which are Beneficiary Designations, Joint Tenancy, and Assets in a Living Trust.
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There are many reasons why Probate may not be for you.
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