What Do You Need To Do After The Loss Of A Loved One?
At Gibson Law Offices, based in Louisville, we receive several questions about the probate process. We wanted to take a few moments to discuss some of the basics regarding probate, and what we can do to help make things easier for your family. For more detailed information about your specific situation, we invite you to reach out to us for a free consultation.
The first question to ask: Is there a valid will involved?
If there is a will in place, probate is the process of carrying out the distribution of the estate. This means that all of the property will be gathered, and any debts of the estate will be paid. Once this has been done, the property will be passed down according to the wishes expressed in the will.
The probate process can be complicated, and we recommend that you have an experienced attorney on your side once you learn that you are responsible for administering the will. We can help you understand your responsibilities and help you navigate the process.
Did your loved one die without a will?
If your loved one died without a will, his or her property will be passed down according to Kentucky’s intestacy laws. These laws state which individuals should receive the deceased’s property. In short, these laws pass down property according to some type of familial relationship. If the person is not related to the deceased, it is extremely likely that they will be excluded as a beneficiary from the estate.
How long does the process take?
This question can be difficult to answer without knowing the specifics of your case. If the estate is relatively complex, it can take some time for all of the property to be gathered. Simple estates may move through probate much more quickly. Various issues can delay the administration of the estate, and an experienced attorney can help you understand what you need to do to resolve these issues to keep the process moving.
Are some family members upset about the distribution of the property?
It is not uncommon for some of the beneficiaries named in the will to have concerns about the way the property has been passed down. They may feel that they are entitled to more than they received, or believe that the individual who made the will was unduly influenced in some manner.
If you are the administrator of the estate, or an individual with questions about the way in which property was distributed, you should speak to a lawyer about your options as soon as possible, so that you can avoid being involved in a lengthy dispute.
Call Today To Schedule Your Free Consultation
This can be a time of overwhelming emotions for your family, and we are here to deal with all of the legal issues for you. To schedule a free consultation with our lawyer, call our Louisville office at 502-403-2798 or send us an email using our contact form.