Probate is the legal process of administering an estate after someone dies. The process includes verifying the validity of the deceased person’s will (if there is one), paying off debts and taxes, and distributing the remaining assets to the rightful heirs or beneficiaries. 

Probate is necessary to ensure that the deceased person’s assets are distributed according to their wishes and to prevent disputes between heirs. However, not every estate needs to go through probate. In some cases, assets can be transferred outside of probate, saving time and money. 

In this blog, we’ll explore when probate is needed and when it can be avoided.

When Is Probate Needed?

Probate is usually required when a person dies with assets solely in their name, without any designated beneficiaries or joint owners. These assets are known as “probate assets.” 

Probate assets may include:

When Is Probate Not Needed?

Probate is not always necessary. Assets that are owned jointly or have designated beneficiaries can avoid probate. Examples include:

The probate process can be complicated and overwhelming for those who are unfamiliar with it. However, with the help of a knowledgeable and experienced probate attorney, the process can be made much smoother and more manageable. At KousLaw PLLC, our team of probate attorneys understands the intricacies of the probate process and can guide clients through every step of the way. We strive to provide compassionate and supportive legal services that make the process as stress-free as possible. Contact us if you have any questions about probate. Our team of experienced attorneys is ready to assist you and provide the guidance you need to protect your assets for future generations.

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