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What is Probate?

what is probate

Probate is the legal process in which assets are distributed and debts paid after a person dies.

If a person dies with a will, the will document specifies the details of the distribution.  Without a will,  State Law determines what will happen.

No matter what a will says, State law has provisions that do not leave a surviving spouse or minor children without a share of the estate.  These allowances are complicated and should be considered when making your plan.

Some assets automatically pass to another person upon death and are said to be non probate assets.  Our clients routinely seek our advice in these matters and we have the necessary tools and experience to properly assist them.

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