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"How To Probate An Estate"



Section 10: "How To Probate An Estate"

When you die, someone will need to go to the Courthouse and have your estate probated (settled). Every state has an office or Court that handles or probates a deceased person's estate. Whoever goes to the Courthouse to probate your estate will need to take your Last Will And Testament and a death certificate, and turn them over to the Court personnel. A Executor will be named to settle your estate. Whomever you named Executor in your Will is going to be named the Executor because first priority to be Executor is given to the person named in your Will.

The Executor of your estate will have to:

    (1) notify any other heirs of what action is being taken,

    (2) gather together and account for any property you owned,

    (3) see that your bills and debts are paid from your estate,

    (4) possibly file an Income Tax return for you,

    (5) see that whoever was to receive your property receives your property, and

    (6) file an accounting showing what the Executor did with your estate.

Your Executor may also have to advertise in your local newspaper so that your creditors may file a claim if you owed the Creditor money. Once your Executor has done everything that he or she is required by your state's laws to do and the time limits have passed, your Executor will be discharged from being Executor and your estate will be closed.

This ebook is for general information only and may not be applicable to your situation. Talk with a lawyer licensed in your state.

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