What is “Probate?”

Probate is the legal process of winding up the affairs of a deceased person.   It involves gathering up their property, paying debts, taxes and expenses, and then distributing the estate to the heirs.  Even if the deceased person has taken measures to “avoid Probate” there may still be the details of transferring property.   It is a necessary process but it comes at a time when loved ones are grieving and understandably not all that interested in the paperwork and minutiae of handling an estate or effecting transfers of property.  And that’s where an attorney can help, by preparing transfer documents and filings in Probate Court, if needed, and making sure the process runs smoothly and efficiently.