Juila G. Benkoski
Attorney,Credentialed Distinguished Mediator,
Probate is a court-supervised process for distributing the individually owned assets of a deceased person. Assets are distributed to beneficiaries in accordance to the instructions written in the person’s will. The process begins with an event that triggers a provision in your estate plan, such as incapacity or death. The plan becomes ‘executory’, meaning that the individuals you designated in your will must step into action and execute according to your instructions.
Probate administration can be complex and the people you have designated must have competent and experienced counsel to guide them through the process. They must make important decisions – sometimes quickly – and they need help to make them wisely. They may need to prepare inventories of your property, prepare tax returns, or sign other important documents on your behalf. Ultimately they must divide and distribute your property to those individuals or charities you identified in your will.
The probate administration process carries a lot of responsibilities. We can help guide your loved ones through the process as sensitively and completely as possible, and will try to make it as straightforward and efficient as possible.
However, 70% of all US citizens die without a will, intestate! That means that additional legal services and expense are incurred as a result of the lack of planning on the part of the Decedent. But our office can help you and your loved ones through this procedure as well as through a variety of more complicated probate proceedings.