Knowledgeable Probate Attorney Assisting Thomas County Families
Probate is the term used to describe the process of administrating someone’s estate after they die. Depending upon the complexity of the individual’s estate, whether or not he or she had a will at the time of death, and whether there are any disputes among the family about the estate, the probate process can range from relatively straightforward to complex and drawn out. Whether your estate is simple or complicated, Spencer Law Office has the skill and experience to guide you through the probate process and make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
How Does Probate Work?
Once an individual has died, the court will select someone to serve as the administrator for their estate. This person will either be chosen based upon the will of the deceased, or, in the absence of a named executor, based upon petitions from family members. The administrator will oversee the duration of the probate process.
Once an administrator is selected, they assess the estate of the deceased for all assets and outstanding debts. They ensure that all debts and tax obligations are paid off before distributing the estate per the terms of the will. If there is no will, then the administrator will work with the court to develop an equitable way to distribute the assets. After the estate is closed, the administrator is protected from liability resulting from probate.
Help for You and Your Family
Dealing with the estate of a family member can sometimes give rise to unexpected emotions and disputes. In the event of a contested estate, an otherwise simple probate process can become significantly more complicated. At Spencer Law Office, we have over 40 years of experience helping Thomas County families navigate probate. We’ll help you through every step of the process with compassion and dignity to make sure that the estate in question is handled fairly and any disputes are minimized.
If you are currently involved in probate, the skilled probate attorneys at Spencer Law Office can give you the guidance you need to get through the process. Call our office today at (229) 263-4181 to schedule a free initial consultation.