Probate 101

Real, honest guidance from an attorney you can trust

When the time comes to administer a loved one’s estate, it can be difficult to handle legal and financial matters without professional help. In cases like these, you need straightforward results — without the stress. That’s where we come in.

At the Law Offices of Justin B. Stivers LLC, we live and breathe probate law. We focus our practice on this one area so we can serve you better and get you through the process faster. Here’s what you need to know about our probate services.

The basics of probate

When a person passes away, the court oversees a process called probate, which essentially means deciding who gets that person’s money and property. Whether or not that person had a will, their estate may have to go through probate. It depends on the types of assets they owned when they passed away.

If the deceased person had a house or a bank account with no co-owners, for instance, those assets will commonly go through probate. Sometimes items like paintings, furniture, and insurance policies with no named beneficiary will also need to pass through probate.

What we do

Probate is complicated and usually takes several months to complete. Sometimes creditors or other parties will raise objections, causing confusion and delaying the process even more. Our team has seen it all; we have the experience and knowledge to handle these situations as they come up.

Beyond that, the core of our service involves walking you through the probate process step by step. Sure, you could do it yourself. We like to compare it to changing the oil on your car: you could probably do it, but it would be messy and time-consuming. The big difference is that where the law is involved, things can get much messier when you make a mistake.

Our team prepares all the documents, submits them to court, fights off creditors, opens a bank account for the estate, and distributes all the assets on your behalf — plus anything you might need in between. For you, that means avoiding a great deal of hassle and confusion while having some peace of mind knowing that your loved one’s estate is in practiced, capable hands.

Contact the Law Offices of Justin B. Stivers LLC today to schedule a consultation. Our attorney proudly serves both English and Spanish-speaking clients.