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Are you facing an end of life situation and suddenly hearing the term “probate,” but you’re not quite sure what it entails? Probate is the process of transferring the assets of the deceased and closing their financial and legal affairs. 

Conducting a thorough assessment of all of your assets can help you and your loved ones understand the best course of action to take with regards to probate and state laws.  

If you’re struggling with a recent death or are looking for alternative ways to help aging parents, we can help.

If you are a beneficiary of a home asset, it’s important that you take the right steps to ensure that the property is covered by insurance through the probate process — here's how. 

If you're facing a potential will contest, you could be  is also faces serious financial and emotional strain. Here's what to do if you find yourself facing a will contest. 

Sadly, seniors are particularly vulnerable to financial exploitation, but with a little bit of planning you can protect them.  

After someone dies, probate may be required to ensure the legal transfer of assets to the rightful heirs. The rules for this can vary widely, and as such may cause confusion during an already painful time. 

Regardless how much we love our pets and treat them as family, in the eyes of the court they are property. This means that, unless you include a clause for your pet in your will, there is no legal requirement for your heirs to care for your pet.

The probate process is notoriously slow, but with a little bit of foresight and careful planning, there are a few things you can do to fast-track it.  

Dealing with end-of-life administrative processes can be a stressful and emotional time. After the death of a loved one, it can sometimes be unclear as to how the assets of the deceased will be distributed.

 

Are you putting off the probate process? If so, you should know that there could be steep consequences for waiting too long.  Squatters, Stock Market Crashes and Insurance Claims can case major issues in probate.

The type and amount of taxes you pay (if any) depends on the asset you inherit and the details of the estate. Figuring out the exact number can be a complex process.