Probate is not a pleasant thing to think about, but is a necessary process after someone dies. The difference between having wills, final arrangements, power of attorney documents, and other things involving Wichita Probate Law and not being prepared is the difference between a lengthy probate process and an efficient and clean process. The following will cover the things you need to know about probate and the process.
Probate is a relative term that is used to describe the process of the legal system for administering an estate after the death of a person. Wills help to fast track the process unless they are contested. Wills are the necessary documents that tell the probate court judge where you want your money, property, and other belongings to go after you die. Every person named in a will has to make an application for a grant of probate. In most cases, the wishes of the deceased are followed by the probate judge unless there are contests or questionable issues.
When no will is present the probate court will decide who gets what and how much they get. The process without a will can take a long time to complete since more research has to be done in respect to finding family members and other elements that the judge has to consider in asset distribution. The first thing the probate process does when no will is available is to assign an administrator which is usually a close relative of the deceased person.
Family members may enlist the services of a lawyer to help in the process of distributing things pertaining to their loved one’s estate. The estate can include things like houses, acreage, household items, jewelry, vehicles, vacation properties, and asset owned by the deceased. If any outstanding debt is included with the estate, family members may choose to make the payments or sell the property in an estate auction to satisfy creditors.
Each case of Wichita Probate Law has its own elements that will determine the length of the process and the division of assets. The Law Offices of Todd Allison and Sarah Newell can help you with things pertaining to wills and estates in order to protect your loved ones and your assets. Legal services for contesting or when a will is being contested can also be used to help you fight for your rights.