Probate

The probate of a will means proving its genuineness in probate court, through a process set forth in the statutes of each individual state. Unless otherwise provided by statute, a will must be admitted to probate before a court will allow the distribution of a decedent’s property to the heirs according to its terms. A will prepared by a qualified attorney with the customary formalities is typically what is referred to as self-proving, which effectively limits any dispute regarding the provability of the Will.

Probate is necessary for the devise of any assets that cannot be transferred by virtue of a transfer on death provision, or through other features of law, such as proceeds from a life insurance policy outside of the probate process. Probate can be a lengthy and complicated legal process, and all interested parties involved in a probate proceeding would be well advised to seek the counsel of a qualified attorney.

At Grant Cottrell & Miller-Meyers we have extensive experience in handling probate matters; We handle probate ranging from a multi-million dollar estate to small estate requiring only a summary administration. Each individual and each family’s needs are different during this stressful time, and we will make certain that this process is handled as smoothly and respectfully as possible.

Additionally, when disputes arise during the probate process, our team has tremendous understanding of resolving probate disputes, including substantial experience with probate litigation. Let us put our experience to work for you.

Our Approach to Probate

We aim to assist families and fiduciaries with the utmost sensitivity as to the loss they have recently suffered, and aim to assist them with the practical aspects of handling the decendent’s estate.

Matters We Handle:

  • -Summary Probate
  • -Ancillary Probate
  • -Formal Administration
  • -Beneficiary Representation
  • -Fiduciary Representation