From our Greek family to yours, "Ζωή σε εσάς" [Life to you].
When a person passes away without the necessary documents to outline the future of their estate, their estate will enter Probate. Probate is a court-supervised process with four primary objectives:
Through this process, the rights of surviving spouses, creditors, and beneficiaries of the estate will be protected. It ensures that once the property is transferred to heirs or beneficiaries, it is free from any creditors’ claims. This process is guided by a personal representative titled by the deceased or appointed by the court.
Our office is here to help. First, an application is filed with the Register in Probate in the County where you last lived. All parties interested must be informed of the probate proceedings. If a Will was present, interested parties will have a chance to challenge the Will. Any individual or organization that is owed money by the deceased must have the opportunity to make a claim against the estate. After a personal representative is appointed, he or she must make an inventory of all property that is part of the estate. Once an inventory has been established, the personal representative must collect and distribute assets and pay debts. After all this has occurred the court takes 0.2% of the estates worth and the remaining assets are distributed amongst heirs and beneficiaries.