What is Probate?

What is Probate?

Probate is a legal process designed to safeguard the deceased’s estate, pay all debts and taxes, resolve who is entitled to what assets, then disburse the property accordingly. It usually involves petitioning the probate court to open an estate, naming a personal representative to administer the deceased’s property, printing notices to creditors in local newspapers, disposing of property to pay debts, and petitioning the court to close the estate. Probate law and the handling of estates presents several requirements and tasks to be performed by the personal representative, a tax consultant, and an experienced attorney. Because of the complexity that can arise in handling even a relatively small estate, it’s a good idea to hire an attorney experienced in the field of Utah probate law.

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