What If My Loved One Had a Will?
If the decedent had an estate plan outlined in a will, the probate process is still required to determine the validity of the will. If the will is deemed valid by a probate judge, then the executor appointed by the document will distribute any property of the estate as instructed by the will. However, if a person dies without a will in place, then a probate administrator will be appointed by the court to distribute the estate based on the intestacy succession laws found in the Missouri Probate Code. Intestate succession laws dictate who inherits the deceased person's probate estate.
Why Hire a Probate Lawyer?
With many steps and factors involved, the probate process can quickly become complex. It's important to have a highly-qualified probate attorney that can help you sort through all relevant estate matters— including making sure that all appropriate parties are notified before distributing the assets of the estate.
As an experienced probate attorney, I've been working with clients across the St. Louis area by guiding them through each step of the probate process so that they can fully understand their situation and make the best choices for them and their families. With my counsel in your corner, I can make sure that all taxes and creditors are paid so that the remaining estate can be distributed quickly and efficiently, allowing you and your family to begin to move forward.