The probate process can be difficult to understand. Especially if someone dies without a will. Today, we are going to walk you through the first few steps of the probate process when there is no will. Having a good idea of what your estate may go through should you pass without a will can help you get motivated to start the process of estate planning in Cary NC. This is the first installment in a series of posts that will cover the entire probate process and the steps that could take place in court.
When there is a will in place, probate may be mostly paperwork, requiring little supervision from the court, as long as families aren’t in a dispute over the details of the will. However, if a person dies without a will, the probate process is more involved. The beginning stages include determining whether or not there is a will. When the court rules that there was no will, it is determined that the deceased died intestate, meaning there was no estate plan or will.
Once it’s been determined there isn’t a will loved ones should start by working with the court system to appoint an administrator or personal representative. When there is no estate plan to reference, the court may choose whomever seems right for the job.
Stay tuned for more steps of the probate process when one passes without a will. You’ll find that the information included in this blog series is helpful in giving you a better understanding of the overall process of probate and how it can be time consuming and sometimes costly.
This is just the beginning of our blog series on the probate process and what might happen should someone die without a will. Head over to our next blog for more information. Also be sure to contact our lawyer should you have any questions about estate planning in Cary NC or other things regarding a will or the probate process.
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 attorney is here to help you get your estate planning in Cary NC 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 estate planning attorney to get started estate planning today.
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