Protecting Your Rights During Probate
When someone dies, the law requires an orderly process by which property is transferred to others. In Virginia, Washington, D.C., and many other jurisdictions, this process is called probate.
It's an area of the law that can be tricky to understand. Many people have heard second-hand talk about avoiding probate. Sometimes, when a will is involved, problems in its execution can lead to will contests or other problems.
That is why it makes sense to get guidance from a skilled probate lawyer. At Whitestone Young, PCl, we have the legal knowledge and practical experience to guide you through the challenges you are facing.
What Does The Probate Process Consist Of?
The goal of probate is to distribute various assets. Our goal, as a firm, is to make sure that your rights and interests are protected during this process. This is important not only for people who may receive a property distribution. It is also important for estate executors and other fiduciaries who are handling the administration of an estate.
If there is a will involved, the will must first be validated. In some cases, where there isn't a valid will, intestate succession statutes come into play. Those statutes are state laws specifying who gets which share of the property when someone dies without will and has undistributed assets.
Either way - whether there is a will or not - it will eventually be necessary to identify and inventory the assets that are available for distribution. Some assets may pass directly to a co-owner after death, as often happens with married couples. These assets are not included in the assets of the estate of the person who died. Insurance proceeds paid to a designated beneficiary are another common example.
Established Probate Attorneys Serving Northern Virginia And Washington, D.C.
Our firm is very familiar with all aspects of estate administration. We can walk you through the process that will be used in your case and make sure that your rights and interests are protected.
Contact us online or call 703-591-0200 to set up an appointment to discuss your specific case. We can help you put everything in order during the probate process.