Probate is the legal process of distributing an estate to the appropriate parties after a person’s death. It includes validating the will, collecting property, paying debts, and dealing out assets. While this process can be straightforward, many factors – such as dying without a will – can complicate the matter.
Experienced attorney William R. Noelker can help you navigate the maze of probate. If you are an executor or personal representative, you’ll find that the counsel of a knowledgeable attorney is invaluable when it comes to overseeing your loved one’s assets.
Call 859-329-3992 today to discuss your situation. We provide assistance in a variety of complex civil and commercial issues. William R. Noelker Attorney at Law, PLLC proudly represents clients from Danville and Lebanon.
What Does Probate Involve?
Probate is a court-supervised process. It is designed to ensure that an individual’s estate is handled according to his or her will. If the person died without creating a will, also known as dying intestate, probate is used to distribute their assets according to relevant state guidelines — no matter what the person may have intended.
Probating an estate typically involves:
- Validating a will (if one exists)
- Collecting and accounting for all probate property
- Paying all debts, claims, taxes, and other fees owed by the decedent
- Settling disputes (if any arise)
- Transferring property to the appropriate parties
Mr. Noelker will work to ensure that you are completing your duties as a personal representative in accordance with the law. He will help you complete the steps listed above, as well as provide professional guidance if you have any questions during the process.
When is Probate Necessary in Kentucky?
Many estates must go through probate, but not all. Mr. Noelker can determine if probate is necessary for your unique situation. To make this decision, he will help you add up the value of the property and discuss other relevant considerations.
In Kentucky, an estate may be eligible for a simplified procedure based on the value of the property. Through this simplified process, the court may authorize the executor to distribute the assets without going through probate. Mr. Noelker can help you pursue this option.
There are a few things you can do in advance to avoid having some of all of your estate probated, including:
- Establishing a revocable living trust
- Joint ownership of property and accounts
- Pay-on-death accounts and registrations
Navigating Probate Litigation
Probate lawsuits are incredibly sensitive matters that often involve heated disputes between loved ones and family members. They require the intervention of a skilled probate litigator who is experienced in estate mediation like Mr. Noelker. A probate litigator is often needed when the will is contested or when disagreements arise about the distribution of assets.
Probate litigation can also involve situations such as:
- Concern that a beneficiary excessively influenced the deceased
- A lack of adequate witnesses and signatures
- Suspicion over the validity of a will or trust
- Issues with the wording or construction of a will or trust
Meet With Our Kentucky Probate Attorney
Schedule your complimentary consultation today at 859-329-3992 to learn how Mr. Noelker can help with your probate matter. Clients from Danville, Lebanon, and nearby areas of Kentucky are welcome.