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Probate is a legal process that gives recognition to a will; it typically takes place in probate court, upon demise of a person and directs transfer or distribution of his / her estate to heirs or beneficiaries. The legal proceeding of probate include:
- An executor of a will (identified as such in the will by decedent) files formal petition with probate court and gives formal notice to heirs and beneficiaries
- Proving in court that a deceased person’s will is valid (usually a routine matter)
- Identifying and inventorying the deceased person’s property
- Having the property appraised
- Liquidating debts and paying taxes
- Distributing the remaining property as the will / bequest (or a state law, in the absence of the will) directs.
With respect to legal implications of probate, at Murashkovskiy PLLC we assist and provide representation and uphold interests of heirs, beneficiaries, executors and other lawfully eligible parties. Among other aspects, we focus on two crucial areas of the process: Probate Administration and Probate and Trust Litigation.
The former (Probate Administration) typically includes, but not limited, to filing all necessary court and tax forms, transferring legal titles/deeds to intended recipients, settlement of all outstanding liabilities and final expenses of the deceased, and remote assistance to out-of-state beneficiaries. Frequently, our clients seek our assistance with transferring estate and assets into a trust.
The latter (Probate and Trust Litigation) is associated with disputes between interested parties that may arise during the process of estate and assets division or concerns regarding validity of will. In this realm, we provide advocacy concerning inheritance rights, creditor claims, decisions of executor or trustee, and other related matters. If required, our professional may even conduct an independent investigation to assure that the decedent exercised sound judgment, was fully capable to draft the will, and void of external influence that could potentially alter his or her decision.
Regardless of the scope, complexity or even perceived clarity of probate process, it is strongly recommended that probate-involved parties retain a legal counsel, to ensure that their interests are best served and all their rights are upheld. At our firm we offer free of charge initial consultation, and, in the event of engagement, highly competitive and favorable rates for our services. Don’t leave the matter of your inheritance to the discretion of the state judicial system! Contact us today to receive comprehensive qualified advice. For your convenience, we offer several options to contact us: you may call our main phone number, (972)380-5630, to receive a free 15-minute legal consultation; you may also submit your inquiry via this web site (please fill out our contact form on the home page and your inquiry will be addressed within one business day); last, but not least, you may schedule (as we encourage you to do) an appointment in our office. Timing is often be a crucial factor in probate-related issues. Don’t delay!