Most people have a general fear of probate which is often based on publicity or misunderstood information. The press and numerous articles explain the hazard of probate and the underlying expenses which could wipe out an estate. Are these real or imagined concerns? The answer is quite simple, it all depends. It depends on the size and complexity of the estate. It depends on instructions from the will of the decedent.
Probate is a process that identifies the deceased person’s assets and provides for the legal transfer to the intended beneficiaries. The process can identify debts, value property, and pay debts and taxes. Probate can last for a period of 9 months to a number of years depending on the complexity of the estate.