Probate is a court process through which a deceased person's assets are distributed to beneficiaries. In general, the probate process consists of:
- Taking an inventory of the estate's assets
- Determining whether there is a valid will
- Paying the deceased person's debts and other expenses
- Distributing the remaining assets to the appropriate beneficiaries
The probate process occurs at a difficult time, while people are grieving. But, probate administration does not have to be overwhelming. With more than 35 years of experience, The Eleff Law Group, in Bethesda, Silver Spring and Frederick, Maryland, guides families through probate in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
It is wise to avoid probate when possible. Avoiding probate saves money, allows for a quicker transfer of assets to beneficiaries and prevents your family's assets and debts from becoming public record. Probate can be prevented during the estate planning process, typically by implementing trusts.
Susan Eleff and her lawyers understand that probate is a sensitive and emotional time for clients. The firm works closely and compassionately with the personal representatives of estates to help them efficiently manage the entire probate administration process.
It is important to seek legal guidance as soon as possible in the probate process. If you take steps before you completely understand your legal obligations and rights, you may make irreparable mistakes regarding tax, title and creditor issues, among other things. For example, if you would like to disclaim an asset, you will not be able to do so if you have already spent or used any of it. This is just one pitfall that must be avoided.
Get Help With Probate
When you are probating an estate, it is important to seek legal guidance early in the process. Selecting a probate attorney can be highly personal and Susan Eleff recognizes this. She and her legal team provide potential clients with initial consultations free of charge so that they can get to know the firm and decide whether it is the right fit. Call 800-765-2662 or fill out this form to schedule your *free legal consultation.
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