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Probate Administration & Litigation

Probate is a legal process that was designed to defend the directives contained in a last will and testament. Over the years, the probate system has taken on a life of its own, becoming the convoluted system it is today. The extremely simplified steps of probate are:


  • A will, if there is one, is filed with the court and an executor is appointed
  • The estate's assets are collected and cataloged
  • Bills and taxes are paid
  • The remaining assets are distributed per the will, or, if no will, as provided by state law.

At every step, including those not listed, disputes and difficulties may arise. In the best cases, expect probate to last a few months. The worst can be a year (or longer in extreme cases).


There are ways, like living trusts, to avoid probate all together. However, not that many people plan ahead.


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