What to expect in Probate
The process starts with a phone call to my office. We'll set up an appointment to meet and collect information.
We'll discuss the property left by the decedent and whether or not there is a will that controls what happens to the property.
I'll collect a few signatures and I'll let the Court know that we are ready to open up the probate proceeding. I'll take care of the paperwork and talking with the Judge.
After about a month, the Judge will give us the power to take care of business...opening and closing accounts, selling property, paying bills, and filing tax returns.
The Court requires that we wait, at least, 4 months, before we tell them we are ready to close up the estate. When we are ready to distribute the probate property,
I will file a final petition that summarizes all of our activities and tells the Judge of our plans for distribution.
All in all, the probate administration should between 7 and 10 months. My job is to take care of all of the paperwork, the filings, the visits to the Court, and ultimately,
to protect you, the Representative for the estate.
The fee for my services gets paid by the estate, at the end of the administration.