Although many people in the Lee County area recognize the importance of estate planning, at Levins & Associates, L.L.C., we understand that a lot of people have many questions about the many different aspects of this process. Estate planning can be confusing and knowing which aspects to utilize in your individual situation can be daunting.
One aspect of estate planning that can scare people is the probate process. According to the American Bar Association, probate is the legal process that occurs after someone dies. It consists of several parts, including proving that the deceased person’s will is valid, determining what property the deceased person has and having that property appraised. Other aspects of the probate process include paying off any taxes and/or debts of the deceased that are still outstanding and distributing the property that is still leftover according to the direction given in the will.
There are many concerns that can arise during the probate process, including whether or not the administrator or executor will know how to carry out the deceased’s wishes. Making sure that all of the beneficiaries receive the correct amount is another common concern that can present itself during the probate process.
Understanding and getting through the probate process can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Our firm knows that you might have questions and concerns if you have lost a loved one and are going to be dealing with the probate process; and we treat those concerns with respect and care.
If you have questions about estate planning, and in particular about the probate process, please visit our probate and trust administration page.