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Have you recently lost a loved one? We want to first offer you our condolences. We know how emotionally taxing it can be to grieve a family member. If that family member didn’t have their financial affairs in order, it’s possible that you’re now dealing with the prospect of probate. Probate is a legally complex process that can take up your time, resources, and emotional capacity, when you should be focusing on mourning your relative. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the idea of probate, we can help take some of the burden off of your shoulders.

Our Hellertown probate attorney can help you sort through and distribute your loved one’s assets as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you are named as the executor of the estate, you have a detailed set of responsibilities that we can help you understand and carry out. You’re under enough stress already – let us help mitigate the challenges that can arise during probate so that you can move forward with your life. Call Daly Law Offices today to schedule a free consultation and learn about your options.

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What Is Probate?

While probate isn’t a positive thing, it’s important you know that it isn’t intended to be a punishment for something your relative did wrong. Many people fail to realize how important estate planning is until it’s too late. No matter what their reasons were for not planning ahead, probate – a court-monitored process that helps ensure that your loved one’s money and property is divided and distributed to beneficiaries according to their will – is going to be necessary. In the absence of a will, the laws of intestate succession will determine to whom the assets will go to.

There are some situations where a simplified version of probate can take place if the value of the estate is less than $50,000. Our Hellertown probate attorney can help you understand whether or not this is something your family member’s estate qualifies for.

How Does Probate Work?

The probate process begins with the executor or personal representative submitting the deceased’s will (if there is one) and death certificate to the appropriate court, as well as filing a petition to open the probate process. Once probate is opened, the executor or personal representative will also be responsible for the following:

  • Providing legal notice to creditors, beneficiaries, and the public
  • Taking inventory of all assets
  • Having assets appraised to determine the value
  • Settling debts with creditors (for things like credit cards, student loans, personal loans, etc.)
  • Filing final tax returns
  • Paying taxes (including the inheritance tax)
  • Distributing assets to beneficiaries
  • Closing the estate
  • And more.

This can be a lot for one person to handle; each step requires time and commitment. It would be easy for anyone to make a seemingly harmless mistake when navigating the complex steps of probate while simultaneously grappling with grief. Our Hellertown probate lawyer can assist you in handling each step of probate without mistakes that could lead to future problems.

Why Choose Daly Law Offices?

At Daly Law Offices, we understand the weight that probate carries, and we hate seeing families who are dealing with such a substantial loss get caught up in the complications that missteps in probate can bring. Our lead probate attorney, Joshua N. Daly has 15+ years of experience helping families avoid innocent errors that can lead to lawsuits and legal fines during probate. Save yourself time, money, and stress by working with our experienced Hellertown probate attorney. Schedule a free consultation now and discover how we can help you gain peace of mind!

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Worked together on a relative’s Estate Planning. Very easy to work with and knowledgeable. So glad we chose Josh. Thank you.

Beth Macik

Josh we wanted to take a moment to thank you from the 3 of us from the bottom of our hearts. You are a gift and you have such a gift in what you do and they way you actually do it.
A total class act with the perfect personality for your profession. We can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate you and honestly thank so much. And it won’t be the last you see of us. Much Appreciation. The Stine/DiGiovanni family
*We highly recommend Joshua Daly for Elder Law, wills, etc. This is something that people don’t know what can happen when your parents pass away or what to do. Josh helps prevent as much as you legally can the home and assets being taken by elder care home and/or govt.
What a great experience on a subject people don’t like to talk about but is so important. Josh makes this process pleasant. We are recommending Josh to all our friend and family and friends. Everyone should get their ducks in a row. I am glad we met Josh & finally did this!
Thank you Josh

Stephanie DiGiovanni

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