Helping You Navigate the Probate Process
Probate is the legal process through which assets are distributed to beneficiaries and debts are paid off to creditors after a person’s death. Such a definition of probate makes the process sound simple, but it can be quite complex, sometimes taking months to complete.
Our Denver probate attorneys at Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C. can assist beneficiaries and executors through the probate process to help ensure the decedent’s wishes are honored.
For help with the probate process, call us at (303) 732-5048.
What Happens During the Probate Process?
If the deceased individual had a will in place, a judge will validate it, and the court will authorize the executor to conduct transactions in accordance with the will’s provisions on behalf of the estate. However, if the decedent did not have a will, the court will decide how property is distributed and will appoint an administrator to carry out the court’s orders.
The executor or administrator is responsible for handling all aspects of the probate process, including:
- Locating assets: Often, this requires quite a bit of looking around to identify and inventory the decedent’s assets.
- Determining property values: Either the court or the executor will appoint an appraiser to determine asset values at the date of death.
- Paying creditors and taxes: The executor must contact the decedent’s financial institutions and creditors to determine if they had any outstanding debts. If so, they must pay these debts using estate funds.
- Distributing property: If the decedent had a will, the executor will make distributions based on the terms of the will. Otherwise, the administrator will distribute assets based on the judge’s order.
If you have been named executor or administrator of a decedent’s estate, our Denver probate lawyers can help you manage the process. We will work with you to help you understand the timeline and specifics that you can expect at each step.
Providing Solid Legal Representation Every Step of the Way
Our lawyers have over 40 years of combined legal experience and are well-versed in probate law. We can answer your questions during this process and help you settle estate matters according to a decedent’s wishes or court’s orders.
Call Gerash Steiner & Blanton, P.C. at (303) 732-5048 or contact us online for a free consultation.