The stress of losing a loved one can be overwhelming enough, without also having to deal with complex legal issues. At Smythe & Jones we will help you navigate the sometimes-rocky waters of probate.
Probate is a court proceeding during which a will is confirmed as valid, debts are paid, and the assets of an estate are administered and distributed according to the provisions within the will. If there is no will or trust, the law requires an intestate probate, which is similar to a regular probate, but includes some extra procedures.
We can provide you with tools to guide you through probate, such as to-do lists and a system for organizing important documents. We draft the documents that must be filed at court, and go before the court commissioner on your behalf. We explain your responsibilities, help you communicate with beneficiaries of the estate, guide you through the creditor process, and help you put together an inventory. In addition, we will offer unlimited guidance on any issue that arises in the process of closing the estate.