What is Probate?
The time following the death of a loved one is never easy. Our attorneys at The Blume Law Firm, LLC believe that legal advice and counsel should be accompanied by compassion and understanding of the difficulties that our clients confront following a death in the family. One must not forget, however, that the loss of a loved one will require distribution of the deceased's assets and debts. In order to distribute assets and pay liabilities, a probate estate is typically required. If you have suffered from the loss of a close relative or friend, please contact us for a consultation. Our attorneys will guide you through the probate process so that the administrator of the probate estate is managed efficiently.
When is Probate Needed?
Probate is not always necessary. If the deceased held assets which were in joint names with another person, the co-owner typically will inherit that property automatically. If a person dies with assets and debts in their names alone, however, probate will most likely be required. Probate is often needed to:
Transfer real estate interests
Release bank account monies held by the deceased
Collect and pay debts owed by the deceased
Settle disputes between those who claim they are entitled to the assets of the decedent
Settle disputes between those who question the validity of the deceased's will
If you need help with the probate of a will, or if you have been named as a successor trustee under a living trust, we offer a consultation, in person or by telephone, with our one of our qualified estate administration attorneys. Our caring, professional approach allows our lawyers to assist you every step of the way and provide the ideal level of service.
Call The Blume Law Firm, LLC to learn more or to request an appointment.