After someone passes away, there are several steps that their loved one are tasked with. These steps include proving that their will is valid, identifying their property and having it appraised, paying off any debts and taxes, and distributing the property according to the will. Together, these steps comprise the process of probate.
With a matter as sensitive as a loved one’s passing, many individuals hire an attorney to help them through the probate process. Having an attorney on your side during this difficult time can give you peace of mind on all the legal details while allowing you to properly grieve for the death of your loved one.
In 2012, Consumer Reports published an article with a checklist of what to do when a loved one dies. With 13 key steps spread out over the time span of “immediately,” “within a few days after death,” and “up to 10 days after death,” it’s no wonder that the legal process can take a huge toll on anyone who tries to do it alone. Those steps include:
Once the steps above have been attended to, you have about a week and a half to take care of steps like contacting important agencies and working through the person’s will. These steps include:
Thomas H. Keen is a lifelong Texan with extensive litigation experience dealing with a variety of civil issues. He has represented local and national banks, insurance companies, and private and public corporations in the state of Texas for more than 30 years. Thomas holds the highest peer ratings from Martindale-Hubbell in areas including quality and ethics. Whether you’re seeking legal representation concerning real estate, business transactions, probate, or wills and trusts, your case will receive Thomas’ personal attention.