What is a Probate Attorney? (And Top 6 Terms in Probate)

A Palm Springs probate attorney, or “estate attorney,” is state-licensed to comprehend probate law and aid executors in resolving affairs of the deceased. The attorney handles every step until probate concludes, including trusts, wills and estate planning.

As probate is an increasingly common term, it is something you should familiarize yourself with. Here are some details regarding probate:

  • Death. After you’ve grieved and paid respects, you should focus upon the deceased’s property. While you can pause procedure until acquiring the death certificate, you must begin handling the property after receiving it.
  • Arrange Paperwork. After concluding the funeral, you must settle the will in order to carry out the deceased’s wishes. The will’s executor will require all documentation before probate continues.
  • Property Titles. The deceased’s property cannot be sold until the court appoints an executor; this may also require a probate realtor.
  • Death Certificate. This is the first step in estate care. Estate administration can be dizzying work best left to your attorney. You must have a will unless the deceased was intestate. Other necessary paperwork may include financial documents or deeds.
  • File a Probate Petition. This must be filed in the deceased’s country. Hearings are scheduled 30-45 days after filing in order to inform all interested parties of the situation and give them time to adjust.
  • Sale of Material Goods. Barring anything within the deceased’s will, personal belongings can be sold off or distributed without formalities.