“If there is a will, there is a way.”
The saying refers to the important role determination plays to get things done. In the world of estate planning, a will defines the distribution of assets and probate is the “way” the terms of a will get enforced.
After a loved one dies, the remaining family members address the issues surrounding the settlement of the deceased’s estate. Probate represents the formal legal process that distributes the assets according to a will, which is an integral part of an estate plan. If there is a will, the probate process moves along relatively smoothly, but on the other hand, a lack of an estate plan can lead to a long, complex probate process that can take more than a year to resolve.
Do all estates have to go to probate? The answer is no because a statute does not exist that makes probate a mandatory process for settling estate plans. Nonetheless, going through the probate process ensures the right assets get distributed to the right beneficiaries. If a loved one has recently died and you are about to go through the probate process, hiring a family law attorney who specializes in handling estate plan cases can help you settle a will in a timely manner.
You cannot afford to go to probate with just any lawyer. Probate requires an experienced litigator who has a thorough understanding of estate plans and how to distribute the assets listed in them. For more than 30 years, the family law attorneys at Morgan and Morgan have helped clients navigate the probate process, even for cases where the deceased did not leave a will behind. Our probate lawyers also help you answer the question, “Do all estates have to go to probate?”
Schedule a free case evaluation with one of the highly-rated family law attorneys at Morgan and Morgan to ensure every one of your loved one’s wishes is met during the probate process.