PROBATE & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION
Simply put, “probate” means nothing more than the process of legally proving a Will. Normally this means that the Will is submitted to the Court for certification that it is indeed the genuine last Will of the deceased. The Court gives its approval to the Will by issuing a formal document called a “Grant of Letters Probate” to the Executor. If there is a possibility that the validity of the Will may be challenged, a more complicated process for proving the Will may be necessary.
Where there is no Will, someone (usually a spouse, child or relative) will need to apply to the Court to be appointed as the “Administrator” (which is similar to the Executor) of the Estate.
You do not always need to apply for probate of a Will. For example, where the total value of the Estate is less than $10,000.00 the Executor may not need a Grant of Probate in order to deal with the assets of the Estate.
Our probate lawyers can help you navigate the probate or administration of an estate in Probate Court, and help relieve the stress of a particularly difficult time.