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...

Probate vs. Non-Probate: What is the Difference?

When planning your estate it is important to understand the difference between probate and non-probate assets. Probate is the process through which a court determines how to distribute your property after you pass away. Some assets are distributed to heirs by the...