When you're grieving the loss of a loved one, disputing over the deceased's will is the last thing anyone wants to do. For many, this is the most sensitive time in their lives. You probably feel vulnerable, and you may not feel as though you have it in you to fight over the intentions of the one you've lost. You can take comfort in the fact that you'll have someone at Caplea & Variola ready to guide you calmly through the probate process.
Probate Law and Estate Settlement
Distribution of assets is complicated, but we'll mitigate the stress among you and your family. Protecting what you're entitled to is our top priority. We'll take a practical approach to the following areas:
- Will validation
- Determining an estate executor
- Taking inventory of remaining assets
- Paying taxes
- Identifying relatives
- Distributing assets
We usually begin probate proceedings once a representative of the deceased files a petition with a death certificate. It's useful to know that if a relative or heir chooses to contest the will, the process may take longer than originally anticipated. We'll be sure to talk through each point of which you need to be aware for your specific situation.