What is a Probate lawyer?
- When a person passes away, he or she usually leaves property behind. This property must be disposed of and distributed in one of two ways: either according to the decedent's last will and testament, or pursuant to the state laws where the person died in the event that the decedent did not have a last will and testament. A probate lawyer handles the disposition of the property of the decedent (also known as the decedent's estate) in the manner specified in the last will and testament. A probate lawyer may also handle those instances where there is no last will and testament; in such an instance, the probate lawyer makes sure that the decedent's property is distributed according to the laws of the applicable jurisdiction
The Probate Process
- The probate process includes not only disposing of a decedent's property, but also handling debts and working out any claims to the estate. Debts may also include liens against the property, credit card debts, and/or household bills. Additionally, there might be claims filed against an estate distributed pursuant to a will, which is also known as a will contest. For example, if a person was left out of a will, he may seek to challenge the will in an effort to obtain money or other property. The Law Office of Cathleen A Gulledge , LLC. will handle all of these issues in order to ensure that the property is distributed properly.
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