Princeton, NJ Probate Lawyers
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We understand that you may be going through a challenging time as you mourn the loss of a loved one. Dealing with legal matters related to their estate can further complicate an already difficult situation. Probate issues, in particular, can be confusing and intimidating if tackled alone. However, at The Law Offices of Patel & Cardenas, we have extensive experience in helping clients efficiently navigate probate matters concerning their family member’s estate.
Our dedicated attorneys will personally assist you throughout the entire process. Our understanding of probate matters will ensure that tax implications are minimized and assets and property are distributed appropriately to the rightful heirs. We recognize the importance of providing peace of mind during this difficult time.
To alleviate your burden, we offer a complimentary consultation with our Princeton probate lawyers that will allow us to assess your specific circumstances and provide tailored guidance on simplifying the probate process for both you and your family. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to schedule an appointment today.
Probate: Why Is It Necessary?
Probate, in simple terms, refers to the legal procedure of validating a will and carrying out its instructions for the rightful distribution of a deceased individual’s assets among their beneficiaries. New Jersey’s State Code stipulates that a will alone cannot establish ownership or possession rights until the probate court has officially accepted it. This means that even if a will is legally valid and straightforward, probate is still necessary before the inheritance can be transferred.
Probate involves several steps, including submitting the will (if available) to the probate court, notifying all beneficiaries involved, gathering and assessing all assets through an inventory and appraisal procedure, settling any outstanding debts owed by the deceased person, filing their final tax returns as required by law, and covering associated court fees. Only after these tasks have been resolved can the assets be distributed according to the provisions outlined in the will.
Can Probate Be Avoided?
There are various strategies that can help you bypass the probate process and ensure your assets are protected. If you have set up a trust or implemented a comprehensive estate plan, designated beneficiaries for your accounts, or held assets jointly with others, these assets may not need to go through probate. However, in cases where the deceased solely owned certain assets, they will likely be subject to probate.
Furthermore, certain estates that require probate may qualify for a simplified “small estate” summary process that does not involve court supervision. This is a relatively simple procedure that should ease any concerns you might have if you find yourself going through it.
Discover the Advantages Having Our Qualified Princeton Probate Attorneys
Going through probate can be a daunting task. That’s why our team consists of experienced and knowledgeable Princeton probate lawyers who are dedicated to guiding you every step of the way. We understand this process may seem overwhelming, but our team is prepared to explain every step in detail and to provide comprehensive answers to any questions you may have. With our help, you can concentrate on rebuilding your life while we take care of the probate matters for you.
At The Law Offices of Patel & Cardenas, we pride ourselves on having an exceptional team consisting of talented attorneys licensed in both New York and New Jersey. With over 30 years of combined experience across diverse legal areas, our exemplary track record speaks for itself. Through our experience serving more than 1,300 satisfied clients, we have the skills necessary to deliver optimal outcomes specific to each client’s circumstances. Schedule a complimentary consultation, and we’ll discuss options that are appropriate for your situation. Our team will handle the burden so you can focus on your future!
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