The Probate Process

Countless legal and administrative details are addressed in the probate process, meaning that probate can be a lot of work for family members picked as executors. They may not be able or willing to effectively oversee the estate administration process. Indianapolis attorney Andrew Homan understands that family and friends are going through a difficult time and can help minimize any additional pain and stress put upon the family.

How Probate Works

Probate is the legal process supervised by the courts regardless of whether the deceased had a valid will. If there is not a valid will, the state will appoint a representative to administer the estate and follow specific laws of how assets are distributed. If there is a valid will, the probate process administers the predetermined terms of the will. During this time, a lawyer can help:

  • Assemble a list of the estate's assets
  • Pay the outstanding debts owed by the estate, including taxes, funeral expenses and administrative costs
  • Collect all debts owed to the estate
  • Locate beneficiaries
  • Distribute leftover assets to heirs
  • Resolve legal and financial disputes in court or at the negotiation table

Other Important Details

Assets owned jointly with a spouse or others need not go through probate. Estates here in Indiana worth $50,000 or less go through a simplified probate process where assets can be immediately distributed.

Contact Us Today To Discuss Your Probate Issues

Call our office in Indianapolis at 317-762-6794. We can also be reached online through this site as well.