WILLS & PROBATE - Lawyers and the Law
Probate law is the legal system that oversees the process of administering a deceased person's estate my distributing property and resolving any disputes amongst surviving heirs. Probate law governs the interpretation of the wishes and instructions of the deceased, appoints or recognizes an executor to administer the estate, and determines the prevailing interest amongst parties making a claim to the estate. Any party with specific questions should contact a probate attorney.
Wills and Probate
Wills are a tool of probate law used to guide the decisions of a probate court in the distribution of a deceased assists. A will can be written at any time during life, and can also be changed at the desire of the grantor. Probate law permits challenges to a will by parties who feel the will is either invalid, or not an accurate representation of the deceased's final wishes. Any person seeking to write, interpret, challenge, or validate a will should work with a wills attorney.
A probate attorney is an experienced professional familiar with the controlling probate law in the jurisdiction. The administration of an estate is determined by a local probate court and is a highly technical process requiring strong legal knowledge. If you have questions about properly establishing an executor, writing a will, administering an estate, challenging other parties alleging interest, or otherwise involving yourself in the disbursement of assets following a death, you should contact a probate attorney.