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How to Probate Your Estate

Nov. 27, 2013

"Oh! Pick me! I know the answer to this one. I can probate myself easily. I just write up a Will and then when I die, that Will holds true." Well that is great and saves us all the time of this blog post, right? Wrong! If probating an estate were really that easy then a lot more people would do it themselves, I am sure! The truth is that whether you have a will or not, your estate will have to go through probate. If you have a Will set up that is written in the right manner, then you will not have to worry about improper dealings when it comes to your estate. If you do not end up creating a Will or you die partially intestate (which is when only part of your estate is covered by a valid will), the law takes its hold on your estate wherever you live.

Since you are here to learn how to properly probate your estate, let's walk through the steps together.

  1. Find a reputable probate attorney in your area, such as Harris Law Offices

  2. Schedule an appointment with them to find out exactly what it is you need to draft up in terms of a Will so that your estate is entirely covered.

  3. Draft the Will!

It really is that simple! Within the Will drafting process, you will definitely come across areas that you will need to be aware of. When it comes to probating your estate, on most basic levels, this will involve paying the debts that you owe and transferring the assets to whomever you deem as your beneficiary. Now if you end up not having a complete will, then the state has to get involved with the distribution of your assets and this can become a hassle for all of your family members. To avoid that hassle, contact the Harris Law Offices, your Camden County probate attorney today to set up a time to meet with Attorney Ken Harris and see further how our experience can help you.