When someone we love dies, we are often overwhelmed by all of the decisions that must be made on fairly short notice. Relatives need to be contacted, funeral arrangements must be made, and thank you notes have to be written. Once the dust settles, there is the complicated task of trying to figure out what to do with all of our loved one’s property. The fridge needs to be emptied, personal property needs to be safely secured, and utilities need to be paid. After that, the question must be answered about where it all goes. If your loved one left a Will, the Will provides specific instructions about who is to get what. If there is no a Will, there are laws of “intestate succession” that decide who will get what property. The formal court process used to make sure your loved one’s wishes are followed, to make sure the property is protected, and to make sure the right people receive the property in the end is called probate. The probate of your loved one’s estate can take a fairly short amount of time, as little as four months, or as long as 18 months. It all depends on the complexity of their estate. Regardless of how simple or complex your loved one’s estate is, you will need to work with an attorney who understands the probate process and has the skills to get you through it with the least amount of stress in the shortest amount of time possible. Carol is that attorney.
These issues are extremely stressful considering the amount of money and effort you have invested over the years. Maybe you simply want to transfer your home as a gift to your son/daughter and need a Quit Claim Deed to get it done. In situations like these you need an attorney who understands what you are dealing with, and the skills to get it taken care of in the shortest amount of time possible.
Carol is that attorney.
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