The loss of a loved one is a common reason a person might require legal services. Probate and Estate law includes many aspects of managing the property of someone who cannot manage their own property for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, a deceased person has property which the heirs or will beneficiaries want. While a will may designate who is to receive property, the will has no legal effect until is approved by a judge in probate court.
For persons who die without a will, there is a process for an affidavit of heirship. Other options for decedent's estates include a "small estate affidavit" and filing a will in the deed records as a "muniment of title" without an estate administration. Whether or not the decedent had a will, we can assist in making the probate process as efficient as possible. We understand that this is an emotional time for the family and we will work with you to move through this process as quickly and smoothly as possible.