Probate

Helping You Navigate (or Avoid) the Complex Waters of Probate Court

Probate courts are responsible for helping settle people’s estates after they pass away. This means they will make decisions regarding the settlement of debts and the division of the assets in an estate after someone passes away. When possible, the courts will honor the wishes of the deceased, which are written down in a will or other legal document. If this type of document doesn’t exist, however, the probate court can hear arguments from interested parties who believe they should receive something from the estate.

If you have had a loved one pass away, working through the probate system can be a difficult and often heart-wrenching process. Having an attorney on your side to make sure everything is handled properly can help to minimize the expenses and ensure there aren’t any unnecessary delays. Here at Jane J. Larson Associates we will help you to identify and gather the estate assets, evaluate claims of debts and pay valid creditors, and distribute the assets according to the relevant legal documents or court orders.

Assisting Personal Representatives

In most cases, either the deceased or the courts will name a ‘personal representative’ who will be responsible for handling the gathering and distributing of assets. This is a big responsibility, which comes with many legal duties that must be performed. To help ensure mistakes aren’t made, we will work with you every step of the way to ensure all obligations are met as quickly as possible—saving you from the delays and other common problems associated with this process.

You Can Avoid Probate Court

One important point to keep in mind is that it is often unnecessary for an estate to go through probate court. With proper estate planning done ahead of time, you can keep your estate out of this system so that your loved ones can avoid the costly and time-consuming probate process.

Contact Us for Assistance

Whether you’re looking for help working through the probate courts for a loved one’s estate, or you want to take steps to avoid this process for your own estate, please contact Jane J. Larson Associates. With decades of experience in estate planning and probate law, we can provide you with the advice and representation you need.