What to Expect
When you or a loved one passes away, an estate’s transition, called probate, goes into effect. Usually, the family is responsible, alongside a probate attorney, for distributing probate assets. Probate can go smoothly if funds and wills were created and are accessible, but not all people prepare for it.
Probate starts with submitting a last will and testament, if there is one, and then moves onto organizing assets and property into a catalog of inventory. Creditor, attorney, and court fees are paid first. Only then is the estate legally transferred to beneficiaries and heirs.