When a loved one dies without leaving a trust, or dies leaving only a will, there are complicated legal issues that can arise for the surviving family members and beneficiaries. For larger valued estates over $166,250.00, a formal probate with the court will likely be required in order to take control of, and distribute the real property and personal assets of the decedent to the rightful beneficiaries. If there was a valid will of the decedent, an executor will be appointed as the personal representative of the estate. If there was no will, an administrator will be appointed. Either the executor or the administrator will be granted powers under the Independent Administration of Estates Act to handle the affairs of the decedent. The probate process is complex and time consuming, so it is strongly advised that you contact our office to help you navigate the court and the laws.
For estates valued at under $166,250, there are alternatives to probate that permit the transfer of personal property to surviving heirs. We would be happy to assess your particular situation and guide you through this complicated area of law if you contact our office.
At the Law Office of Ashley M. Peterson, we understand that each client’s legal issues are unique. We ensure our clients’ needs are our top priority, and maintain open communication throughout the course of the case. We guarantee strict confidentiality in all legal matters, and endeavor to build lasting relationships with our clients based on trust and quality representation.