The probate process is the process which occurs after most deaths in order to facilitate the transfer of assets to the new owners who are designated in the will or who inherit as a result of intestacy law. If your loved one has died or if you have been named executor of a will, you need to understand what the steps are of the probate process so you can be prepared to fulfill your responsibilities and protect your inheritance.
The best way to find out what is involved in the probate process is to speak with an experienced attorney who has provided guidance to executors, heirs, and beneficiaries throughout the probate process in Vermont. State laws differ on probate in different locations, so you need to understand what the rules are in the area where the deceased lived.
Because the steps you will need to take during probate can also be determined based on what kinds of assets the deceased owned and the size of the estate, getting personalized advice is also important to ensure you have fulfilled all of your responsibilities for the specific estate.
Unsworth LaPlante, PLLC has provided assistance to many clients throughout the probate process. We provide representation to people who have been named executor of a will as well as to those who stand to inherit and those who wish to contest a will. Give us a call at (802) 879-7133 to speak with a Vermont probate lawyer to find out more about the ways in which we can help you.
Where Can You Learn About the Steps of the Probate Process?
The best place to learn about the steps of the probate process is from a lawyer who can provide advice based on the estate that is being probated and based on your responsibilities within probate. If you are the executor, for example, you have a different role to play than someone who wants to contest a will.
In addition to talking with an attorney, you can also find out more about the steps of the probate process by making use of online resources. You need to make certain that the resources you consult are state specific and are from accurate sources. There is a lot of misinformation about probate and you do not want to rely on myths or misconceptions either when you are making an estate plan or when you are going through probate.
One place where you can get accurate information about the probate process is from the Vermont Judiciary. The Vermont Judiciary has prepared a brochure which is available online and which provides instructions for settling estates. This brochure can provide you with a basic summary of the customary steps that are involved during the process of probating an estate within the state of Vermont.
However, even when you use a reliable source like the Vermont judiciary, you need to make certain that the information is not outdated and that the law has not changed. The rules and regulations related to probate and settling of estates are always evolving and modifications to the laws are made with some regularity. You do not want to rely on outdated information or make any mistakes on the basis of old data about probate. You need to know what current laws are and what you must do within those laws to protect your inheritance and to fulfill your role as executor of a will.
Getting Help from A Vermont Probate Lawyer
An experienced probate lawyer, the attorneys at Unsworth LaPlante, PLLC can provide you with invaluable help during the probate process. We understand exactly what the rules are for Vermont probate and can help you to make sure you fulfill the wishes of the deceased and protect your inheritance.
We explain the steps of the probate process to you, guide you through each of these steps, and work hard to help you get through probate in a timely and effective way. From providing appropriate notifications to those who stand to inherit to making an accounting of estate assets to ensuring that you have completed the proper forms with the court during the probate process, our attorneys can assist you in taking care of many essential probate tasks that arise during the entirety of the probate process.
To learn more about the probate process and your role within it, download our free estate planning worksheet. You can also give us a call at (802) 879-7133 or contact us online to to speak with an experienced Vermont probate attorney to find out more about the assistance we offer throughout the entirety of the probate process.