Probate is the process of legally passing assets after death to the person’s heirs or devisee. Probate may occur with or without a will. An “heir” is a person entitled to receive the assets of the person that died without a will. This could be a son for example. A “devisee” is a person entitled to receive assets because the will says so. The person assigned to handle the probate process is called a “Personal Representative.” During the probate process, the court will oversee the Personal Representative’s administration of the estate. Probate involves, among other things, gathering assets, paying debts and distributing property.
When someone you love passes, let Cotto Law Firm explain your rights (and obligations) and guide you through the probate process.