Decedents' Estates

 When a loved one dies there are assets to be distributed and debts to be paid. It is important for the survivors to have the service of an experienced attorney.  Probate is the legal process to determine who receives a deceased person’s assets. The Probate or Chancery Court decides whether a will exists and who shall be the personal representative (executor or administrator) for the estate. The court oversees administration of the estate, including payment of creditors and distribution of assets. Probate usually lasts six months to a year to allow estate creditors to file and prove their claims. For smaller estates, including those that contain significant real estate but no other property, there are simpler and quicker options available.




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