Washington, D.C. and Maryland Probate Lawyers
Simple & Effective Probate Administration Services
When someone passes away with assets to be distributed to loved ones, friends, associates, and so forth, there must be a probate process overseen by the court to ensure everything is done correctly. Since probate is not typically explained outside of legal offices, it can be difficult to know how to start the process. This is where the probate lawyers at Capital Justice Attorneys, LLPcan step in and take over.
We have years of experience guiding people through the probate process. People who have been named as a probate administrator can turn to our legal team for all the insight needed to conclude probate as soon as possible.
What Is Probate & When Is It Necessary?
The main reason for probate is the proper distribution of assets that the decedent owned during his or her life.
In terms of probate and estate plans, assets can vary but usually include:
- Real estate
- Private bank accounts
- Major electronics and appliances
- Life insurance policies
If the decedent shared all of their property and bank accounts with another person, then probate is most likely unnecessary. The surviving co-owner will be given full possession of those formerly-shared pieces of property through an automatic procedure. When the decedent only owns a minimal amount of assets, probate will also be unnecessary. Probate courts are only interested in supervising the distribution of estates of significant value.
During probate, many unresolved disputes or questions about the decedent’s property can be brought to light and answered. Interested parties can dispute the validity of the decedent’s will, multiple beneficiaries can vie for ownership of a single asset, debts can be collected by lenders and creditors, and titles can be transferred. When probate is managed correctly, it is usually a fairly concise process that clears up plenty of confusion.
Trust in Our Help during Your Probate Process
If an estate must go through probate, you can be certain that there will be plenty of paperwork and deadlines to meet. Failing to complete documents correctly or file them on time can lead to frustrating complications and delays in the probate process, which impacts all parties interested in the estate, not just yourself.
Let our probate attorneys act as your legal advocates from the beginning of your probate through the end. With our knowledge and experience, we can help you avoid extra estate taxes, file legal documents, and even prepare you for any court hearings that may be needed.