The Law Office of Mahogany Taylor
A Probate, Estates, & Trusts Law Firm
What is Probate?
Probate is the legal process that manages the assets and liabilities left behind by a recently deceased person. The proceedings are used to determine the following:
- Prove to the Court that the deceased person’s will is valid
- Determine who are the beneficiaries of the deceased
- Identifying and cataloging the deceased person’s assets and/or property
- Determine the value of the deceased person’s property
- Identify and pay taxes and debts
- Distribute property as stated in the will of the deceased person
Probate Court With a Will
When a person dies, the probate court determines if that person left behind a will. If so, the court probates the will, meaning that it looks into the validity of the will itself. If the will is valid, the probate court appoints an executor to allocate the deceased person’s assets to the proper beneficiaries. If the will is not valid or if it’s contested, the court reviews and decides the matter.
Probate Court Without a Will
When a person dies with no will, the probate court allocates the person’s assets to his or her next of kin. This is known as the law of intestate succession, and it outlines the allocation mix between surviving spouses, grandchildren, siblings, parents, aunts, and uncles.
Let’s Work Together
Have you been named a beneficiary of a trust or a will? The probate process as well as the administration of a Trust can be complex, confusing and overwhelming. I am committed to helping clients overcome issues that arise when family members are handling the financial affairs of a deceased loved one. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me via phone, email, or the contact form provided.