When it comes to your last will and testament or any of your estate planning needs, it is critical to rely on a reputable and responsible attorney in the area to ensure your needs are being met and your family is protected, even after you are gone. These matters can be intimidating and confusing as is, and are made more so when there is a probate process involved as well. The trained and knowledgeable attorneys with the Law Offices of John F. Williams, Jr. can stand by your side through this whole process, so you know that your interests are in the best hands possible.
What Exactly is Probate?
Probate is the court-supervised process of locating and determining the value of the assets owned by a deceased individual. This individual is referred to as the “decedent.” The administrator of the deceased’s estate provides the court with a list of assets, as well as pays the decedent’s final bills and all estate taxes. The remainder of the decedent’s assets is distributed amongst his or her heirs, according to the provisions regulated in the will. Our expert attorneys will better explain this process, which can be extremely daunting, especially if you’ve never been through it before.
Dealing with the Courts
Whenever a loved one passes, counting on an experienced attorney when dealing with the courts is of the utmost importance. Our law firm will file the deceased’s will with the presiding court in the county where the deceased resided. The court will determine if the will is valid, and if it is, will appoint the person listed as the executor in the will as the administrator of the estate. If the person has died without a will, the court will make a determination as to the possible heirs to the estate, after reviewing a list of assets. Losing a loved one can be a trying time in itself, let alone having to worry about understanding a process you have never gone through before.
For all your legal needs in Frisco and the surrounding area, the Law Offices of John F. Williams, Jr. are here to help. For additional information regarding probates, give us a call at 972-527-4500 or contact us online today.