Losing a loved one can be emotionally devastating. And in the midst of the grieving process, you are then tasked with managing the affairs of your recently deceased loved one. Whether your loved one had a Last Will & Testament, a Revocable Living Trust, an Irrevocable Trust, or nothing at all, The KC Estate Planner can take some of the burden off of your shoulders so that you can focus on your family.
Probate is the court process for transferring a deceased individual’s property to the individual’s heirs or beneficiaries. Even if your loved one had a Last Will & Testament, the probate process is the only way to legally transfer ownership of the deceased’s property.
If your loved one had a Last Will & Testament, then it will identify a person to serve as the Personal Representative of the deceased’s estate. If your loved one did not have a Last Will & Testament, then any interested person (usually a family member) can make an application to the probate court to serve as the Personal Representative. The role of Personal Representative comes with many responsibilities, and The KC Estate Planner can help guide you and your family through the probate process. Even if your loved one left a Trust with clear instructions regarding the distribution of his or her property, The KC Estate Planner can help the administration of your loved one’s trust estate go smoothly.
If you have recently lost a loved one and are unsure of the next steps you or your family should take, please contact The KC Estate Planner today for a consultation.