Probate Attorneys in Conway, Arkansas Simplifying the Probate Process for Clients
Common wisdom is that a person wants to avoid having their estate go through probate if at all possible. Sometimes this is possible; sometimes it is not. The skilled probate lawyers at Dudeck Law Firm can help you plan your estate to minimize the chances of probate complications and can help you navigate probate if you find yourself in probate court for any reason.
Call Dudeck Law Firm today at 501-327-3527 to explore your options.
What is Probate?
In the simplest terms, probate is the process your estate goes through after you die, in which your will is proven to be valid, and the distribution of your assets is monitored. Having a will, trust, and other estate planning documents in place can simplify the probate process, ensuring that your loved ones will avoid a long and drawn-out probate process after you pass away.
How Can I Plan Ahead to Avoid the Probate Process?
One of the easiest ways to avoid having your loved ones deal with probate court after you die is to set up a trust (or multiple trusts) to hold your assets. Trusts do not go through the probate process. There are many different kinds of trusts that can be helpful, and you should speak to one of our experienced probate attorneys to explore whether a trust might be beneficial in your situation.
What Determines if an Estate Goes Through Probate in Arkansas?
There are a few determining factors for whether an estate goes through probate in Arkansas. Any estate totaling more than $100,000 must go through probate, as must any estate with debts (including a mortgage) or any contested estate.
Also, an estate for a person who dies without a will must go through probate, where the court will appoint the executor and determine who the beneficiaries are, according to a set procedure. Assets go first to a surviving spouse and then to any children. If there is no spouse or living child, then there is a prescribed order of family members who will inherit. If you want to be in charge of who administers your estate and who inherits your property and assets, you must have a will in place before you pass away.
Why Should I Hire an Arkansas Probate Attorney?
Dealing with probate can be complicated and time-consuming. The last thing that your loved ones will need while they grieve is handling a lot of red tape and paperwork to get your estate settled. Working with one of the skilled and experienced lawyers at Dudeck Law Firm will allow you to simplify the probate process, or possibly avoid it entirely, leaving your family members free of the headaches of going to court to sort out all the details. You not only want your family to be provided for, but you also want them to have peace of mind once you are no longer with them. Hiring a professional probate lawyer can give both you and your loved ones the security of knowing that all has been taken care of and planned for to make the probate process as painless as possible.
Call Dudeck Law Firm today at 501-327-3527 to get help setting up an estate plan that will take care of your family when you can’t.