PROBATE

There are several methods of probating an estate, including:

 

Letters Testamentary

when there is a valid Will and an independent administration of the estate is requested.

 

Letters of Administration

when there is no Will and an independent administration of the estate is requested.

 

Dependent Administration 

when administration is necessary but court approval is required before the personal representative can act.

Muniment of  Title 

when there is a Will and no need for administration of the estate.

Small Estate Affidavit 

when there is no Will and no need for administration of the estate.

Heirship Determination without Administration 

when there is no Will and no need for administration of the estate.

 

In some cases, probate may be avoided by using one or more of the following:

 

 - Affidavit of Heirship

 - Family Settlement Agreement

 - Living Trust

 - Pay on Death or Right of Survivorship Designations

 - Pay on Death Deeds. 

It is important you understand the probate process and the options available to you.

A free initial consultation with our probate attorneys will go a long way towards giving you the direction and peace-of-mind you need.