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Lawyers Guiding You Through Probate After the Death of a Loved One

For many families grieving after the loss of a loved one, the probate process can be one of the most nebulous and challenging parts of managing the deceased’s assets. A lack of understanding can lead to an extended probate, leaving the assets you’re owed tied up for much longer than necessary. That’s why most courts and attorneys will suggest hiring a lawyer like the experienced professionals at the Crow Estate Planning & Probate law firm to guide you through the process.

Our team’s focus encompasses probate legal services and all aspects surrounding estate planning for adults of every age. We offer years of experience in the Tennessee and Kentucky court systems to each of our clients and do our best to ensure the deceased’s wishes are honored as quickly as possible.

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What Is Probate?

When someone dies and leaves behind assets and an estate in their name, their property must go through a court-appointed process known as probate. In probate, a judge validates the deceased person’s will and appoints an executor. If there is no will, the Court would appoint an administrator. The Court then empowers the personal representative to identify assets, pay off debts, and settle the affairs of the estate. This process can take half a year or more to complete. At the end of the probate process, the assets are then distributed according to will or the heirs if no will.

Note that probate is usually only necessary when the estate or assets in question are solely in the deceased person’s name. Even if some of their assets have to go through probate, some things may be excluded, such as:

  • Jointly owned property, including bank accounts
  • Assets with a beneficiary designation, such as transferable on death (TOD) or payable on death (POD)

The Estate Probate Process

The average probate case can take between six to nine months. Much of that time is dedicated to getting the deceased’s affairs in order and carrying out payments and filings. Before the judge can distribute assets and dismiss the case, they will have to:

  • Validate the will and appoint and executor or administrator if not previously completed
  • Identify and gather assets
  • Ensure outstanding debts and taxes are filed and paid
  • Determine asset distribution for beneficiaries or heirs

Do You Need a Probate Law Firm?

While there is no legal requirement to have an attorney during probate, it is highly recommended. Probate cases often involve a significant amount of paperwork and administration services that many people do not want to deal with. Furthermore, complicated cases can go on for well over a year, and a seasoned probate attorney can keep track of the process and ensure you’re doing everything you can to keep it moving forward.

The time following a loved one’s death can already be stressful and overwhelming, and Crow Estate Planning & Probate’s lawyers want to do everything we can to ease your burden. Our law firm’s probate legal services prepare us to assist our clients in:

  • Identifying assets, debts, estate documents, and wills
  • Exploring full probate alternatives where possible
  • Resolving loans, debts, and claims against the estate
  • Guiding and supporting clients through the final asset distribution
  • Respond to any questions our clients may have during the probate process
  • Crow Estate Planning & Probate's award for being voted as a Best Law Firm in the 2024 Pennyrile’s Best competition.
  • Crow Estate Planning & Probate's award for Best Probate Lawyers in Clarksville, TN 2024.
  • Crow Estate Planning & Probate's award for Best Probate Lawyers in Nashville, TN 2024.

Secure Probate Lawyers With a Free Consultation Today

Following the death of someone close to you, you want to focus on your memories of them, and that’s a little easier when their assets are fully distributed. Crow Estate Planning & Probate attorneys are here to help you get that peace of mind as soon as possible and avoid the complexities and expenses of a drawn-out probate. Our probate lawyers are proud to offer free consultations to help you get a handle on your situation. Let us be your advocates during every minute of probate — schedule a call or appointment today.

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