What is it?
Probate is the court process of transferring a deceased individual’s property to the appropriate recipients. The court oversees the process to ensure that the transfer of assets is properly completed. Alliance Law & Counseling knows that the Probate Process can be difficult and intimidating for the family and friends of the deceased. Our attorneys work alongside our clients to help guide them through the Probate process.
Probate: The entire process of administering a decedent’s estate.
Administration: The process of collecting and managing all a decedent’s property so that the decedent’s creditors are paid to the fullest extent allowed by law and the remaining property, if any, is turned over to the heirs or beneficiaries.
Administrator: The person in charge of administering the estate of an intestate decedent.
Ancestor: A person related to the descendent in an ascending lineal line (EX: parents and grandparents).
Collateral Relative: A person related to the decedent but not in a lineal line (EX: siblings, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins).
Descendant: A person related to the descendent in a descending lineal line (EX: children and grandchildren).
Executor: The person in charge of administering the estate of a testate decedent.
Heir: A person entitled to take under intestate succession laws.
Intestate: Dying without a will.
Intestate Succession; Intestacy: Passage of property when the decedent dies without a valid will.
Nonprobate Asset: An asset of a decedent that passes via a manner other than under intestate succession or through a will.
Personal Representative: Generic term for the person in charge of administering the estate of a decedent.
Probate Asset: An asset of a decedent that passes either under intestate succession or through a will.