Deceased Estate: Three Fundamental Steps for Successful Administration

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The process of administering a deceased estate is challenging. Moreover, the emotional distress of having lost a loved one can make handling practical issues more difficult. Therefore, if you are in charge of managing the property and belongings of a departed family member, consider using a qualified deceased estate lawyer. The professional will provide counsel for navigating the complexities of the work. However, you can choose to conduct the administration without help. Regardless of your choice, here are fundamental tips for the successful management of a deceased estate.

Check for a Valid Will

The most critical step for handling a deceased estate is finding a valid will. A will is essential for determining the best steps to take after death. For instance, the deceased might have left instructions for their funeral in addition to the other issues involving the property. Therefore, you should not proceed without the will. People store these documents in diverse places, including banks, legal offices and residential safes.

Once you find the will, you must check the named executor. If you are the executor, you can proceed with the appropriate legal arrangements. In other cases, make sure that the executor is informed. If the person did not have a valid will, the process will be more complicated. A lot of disputes could arise in this type of situation. Therefore, consult a lawyer for help on finding the best individual to administer the deceased estate with minimal complications.

Review the Will Details

If you are the chosen executor of the will, you will need to review the contents of the will. Read the instructions for the funeral and handle the arrangements. In some cases, people opt for prepaid plans for their funerals, so check the papers available for this type of arrangement before proceeding. When making arrangements, ask the funeral director to help you with obtaining a death certificate. This document is critical when going through the legal processes of administering the probate. You should also review the deceased's document and identify their debts and assets. The information will help you plan for the management of the estate.

Understand Probate

Probate is necessary in some cases during the administration of a deceased estate such as when the departed loved one had significant wealth. You should determine the need for probate by checking the applicable laws in your area or consulting a licenced lawyer. The process is designed to confirm that the will submitted is authentic and legally valid. After probate, discharge any debts and distribute the remaining property to the beneficiaries. 

Contact a local deceased estate lawyer for more information.


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Hello, my name is Jenny and this is my probate law blog. I should say now, I am not a lawyer and I have not had any professional legal training. However, I do know a thing or two about probate. I taught myself a lot after the death of my grandma. My grandma left a lot of money and property behind, but unfortunately, she didn't leave a will. This lead to several family members staking a claim on the inheritance. I instructed a lawyer to act on my mother's behalf to ensure that she was not cheated out of her share.