How do I probate a Will?

Thursday, June 29th, 2023

Probating a will involves a series of legal steps to validate the will and administer the estate of the deceased person. The general steps involved include obtaining a death certificate, locating the will, filing a petition to probate, notifying interested parties, obtaining a court-ordered appointment of an executor, preparing an inventory and appraisal, notifying known creditors, paying debts and taxes, distributing assets, and preparing a final accounting for court approval.

While hiring an attorney to probate a will is not required, it is highly advisable to seek legal guidance. Probate laws can be complex, and an attorney can provide valuable expertise to help you avoid errors and delays. If there are any disagreements, an attorney can provide valuable assistance in resolving these conflicts. Probate also involves legal responsibilities, and an attorney can help you understand your legal obligations to protect you from potential legal pitfalls.