Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things a person has to go through. Aside from dealing with your sadness and grief, you also have to deal with your loved one's assets and debts. One issue that must be addressed is how to administer the estate in compliance with the law.
Probate is the legal process by which a deceased person's debts or taxes are paid and assets are distributed to heirs. It is also used to prove the validity of a will under which an estate is administered. Estate administration includes the probate and non-probate transfers of the decedent's assets to designated beneficiaries, and the preparation and filing of estate, inheritance, and income tax returns.
There are very specific rules and timelines associated with the probate process and estate administration. For this reason, it is prudent to consult an attorney experienced in probate and estate administration. An elder law attorney can provide professional and effective representation on all of your state's estate administration and probate issues. Experienced professionals can ensure that the assets of an estate are distributed correctly, with the personal service needed to make this difficult time as easy as possible.