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What are the steps involved in the probate process?

Probating an estate as an executor can range from being a minor difficulty to a full-blown multi-year struggle. Usually, estates with little in assets are easier to handle. It's the larger estates that become complicated and present the risk of running into serious legal trouble.

Make sure you handle a will correctly after a death

When a loved one dies, one of the first things you might do is make the person's final arrangements. While this is most certainly a priority, it isn't the only thing that you need to do. If the person has a will, that will must be filed with the court within 30 days of the death. This time limit is strict so make sure you comply with it.

Not all estates must go through probate

The probate process can be a long and drawn out affair for many estates. Many people don't realize that it is possible to avoid the probate process by setting up the estate plan properly. This isn't something that is going to happen automatically, so you have to be ready to put in a little work to get this done.

What should I know about the probate process?

The probate process is something that is mystifying for many people. It is easy to assume that when a loved one dies, you just split up his or her stuff and that's the end of the story. This is the case for some families, but there are also times when dividing the estate is a bit more complex.

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