Probate Administration is the process by which a decedent’s assets and property, known as the “estate,” is passed to the individuals or entities named in their Will or in accordance with law if the decedent did not have a Will. The entire process, under the jurisdiction of the probate court, takes from six to eighteen months depending on the complexity of the estate.

If your loved one died with any asset in their own individual name, and didn’t have a beneficiary (POD) listed on that specific asset, that asset will need to go through Probate Court. Wills alone do not avoid probate court, but Wills always go through probate court.

Probate is the court process used to determine the validity of a Will, oversee the payment of creditors and the distribution of estate assets. Even if there is no valid Will at the time of death, the estate will still go through the probate procedure. There are specific procedures proscribed by each state for carrying out this process.

Probate court requires that you retain an attorney to administer an estate. Attorney Christopher Cox works with the Personal Representative (“Executor”) to administer the probate estate properly and meet all legal requirements in doing so. We will help ensure the proper proceedings and notifications take place to legally distribute a loved one’s estate according to his/her wishes.

St. Louis probate attorney Christopher Cox understands that distributing an estate while grieving the loss of a loved one can be over overwhelming. We strive to make this a simple and painless process.

Mr. Cox has significant legal experience helping people plan their estates and guiding people through the probate process with efficiency and ease. Contact our estate planning and probate law firm to schedule a meeting to learn how we can help you during this time.

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