Hello, and welcome back. Today, our estate lawyer in Cary is here to talk more about the probate process and how it takes place. Today, we will go over the initial step of the process. In our previous blog, we talked about what probate is and why your estate might be subjected to it in the event of your death. To learn more about that, visit with our previous blog.
Probate Process | Estate Lawyer Cary
For those that would like to apply to become the executor or personal representative of an estate that enters the probate process, you should check with the clerk of court where the decedent lived and provide a list of assets and their estimated value at time of death.
Then, you may be able to become appointed. In some cases, posting a bond is necessary. However, if heirs are over the age of 18, this may not be necessary.
The first step for those appointed as distributor of the estate is publishing a public notice in the local newspaper alerting creditors that they should come forward with any claims within three months. The ad should run once a week for four weeks. Creditors will need to be contacted with information on how and when they can file claims against the estate.
To learn about other steps in this process, be sure to visit with our next blog post. There you’ll find information through the final step as well as what happens when the estate is closed.
Our estate lawyer in Cary understands that this process can be quite confusing. Contact us to set up a consultation to talk about your current estate plan and further discuss probate and how you might avoid it. If you don't have an estate plan in place, consider working with us to create one. For more information about probate, visit back with our previous blog post, as well.
Eldreth Law Firm, PLLC | Estate Lawyer in Cary
Remember, if you don’t have an estate plan in place or haven’t reviewed yours in several years, now might be the best time to start. Our estate lawyer in Cary is here to help you get your estate plan in order and ready should you pass in an untimely manner or become incapacitated at some point. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to an estate plan. Contact our office today to get started with estate planning.
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