Until you need an estate planning attorney you really have no reason to know exactly what an estate planning attorney does or what areas of the law are handled by an estate planning law firm. Not surprisingly, one of the most common questions that we are asked is “does your law firm do probates?”
Even those people who have a general idea of what estate planning includes may not understand what probate in Geneseo IL is. If you have never been involved in the probate process it is likely that you do not know much about the process. At some point in your life, however, the odds are favorable that you will become embroiled in the probate of an estate. Consequently, you may need an attorney who is experienced in probate.
In short, probate is the legal process that follows the death of an individual. The two main goals of the probate process are to transfer assets owned by the decedent at the time of death to the rightful beneficiaries or heirs and to ensure that creditors of the estate are afforded the opportunity to file a claim against the estate. You could become involved in the probate of an estate because the decedent appointed you as executor of the estate or because you volunteer to be the personal representative of the estate if the decedent died intestate. You could also become involved simply by virtue of the fact that you are a beneficiary or heir of the estate.
At Nash Bean Ford & Brown we are very familiar with the probate process. We frequently represent executors and personal representatives as well as beneficiaries and heirs of an estate. If you are appointed to oversee the probate of an estate you will be expected to understand numerous areas of the law as well as to carry out the day today responsibilities of an executor or personal representative. We can assist you with the legal aspects involved in the probate process.
If you are a beneficiary or heir of an estate and you are concerned that the Last Will and Testament that was admitted for probate is not valid you may wish to consult with us regarding contesting the Will. There are very specific reasons why a Will may be contested. We can sit down and go over your concerns and determine if any of them provide the foundation for a successful Will contest.
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