Probate & Estate Planning

Probate Questions

Probate is a court process for handling someone's business affairs after they have died.  A probate court can enter orders appointing an executor (or personal representative) to be in charge of the decedent's affairs.  The Court can also enter orders allowing for assets to be sold or distributed to heirs.  Finally, the court ensures that all of the decedent's financial responsibilities are met, including tax filings, payment of debts, collecting monies owed to them, and paying for their final expenses, including burial and funeral expenses.

Estate Planning Questions

A Last Will and Testament (or "Will" for short) is a document that tells your loved ones (and a court) what you want to happen to your property when you die.