Does a Will Avoid Probate?

While a Last Will and Testament is a very important estate planning tool, it does not make an estate avoid probate. In fact, the role of the Will is to guide probate by capturing the decedent’s wishes. If a Will does not avoid the lengthy court process that is...

Who Are Parties in a Probate Matter? 

When people pass away, their assets go through probate — a legal process that distributes the person’s assets after death. The parties to an estate are the people involved in the probate process.  Although not technically a party to the estate, the deceased person —...

The Ins and Outs of Estate Sales 

Following the death of a family member, you may find yourself needing to sort through many possessions accumulated over the deceased’s lifetime. An estate sale is one quick and efficient way to distribute those items that you do not want or need.  While selling...

How Long Does an Executor’s Job Take?

Being the executor of an estate can be a time-consuming job, depending on the size and complexity of the estate. While a simple estate can take about ten months to a year, if there are problems the job can drag on for years.  An executor is the person responsible...

When to Say No to Being an Executor

If you find yourself asked to be an executor of a family member or friend’s estate for when they pass, there are a few things to consider before you say yes. While you might think of it as an honor, it is truly more like a part-time job. There are periods where action...