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Probate can be an expensive process. Learn how to do it yourself without an attorney.

Do Your Own Probate
Estates Under $175,000

Do Your Own Probate Without Paying Attorney Fees

If your parent, sibling, or other special person, should die and leave you in charge of their small Estate (under $75,000), do you want to spend a large part of their hard-earned funds on legal fees to process the paperwork required to pass on their bequests?

Nobody wants to deal with death - particularly the legal aftermath - this is why lawyers make so much money doing this simple process.

Probate lawyers (and judges) try to make the Small Estate probate process appear to be complicated and beyond the layperson's capabilities. For a few hours work on their part...thousands of dollars flow into their coffers. This may be the most profitable branch of law for the labor expended.

You can complete the probate process yourself without legal experience.

The new Summary Administration statute created a way through the maze for the average citizen to quickly resolve the legal issues and get on with life.

Probate is similar, in a way, to registering a vehicle with the State. You must register the vehicle with the Motor Vehicle Department to prove that you are the entitled owner, secure insurance to comply with State laws, and sometimes have the vehicle inspected by an employee of the State. You must then install the new license plates to show the public that you have followed all the rules and are legally entitled to own this vehicle. The State makes this transfer public. You can now sell or trade this vehicle anywhere you like.

You are required to complete this auto registration within a certain timeframe after coming into possession of the vehicle. Lots of paperwork signing, and several trips, are usually required to complete this transaction and drive away. This process does not intimidate us because it is familiar and commonplace.

Even though the probate process seems daunting to a layperson, it is really just a series of forms that need to be signed and filed with your local District Court. The main purpose of the probate process is to ensure that the rightful beneficiary designated by the decreased is acknowledged by the local court. This opens the door to legally transferring real estate and funds to the beneficiary.

Most states have a time limit for the probate process to complete - some as little as 5 years - or the deceased's Estate is legally passed to the State.

Don't let this happen to you. Take charge of the probate process.

Even if you decide to let an attorney handle the court appearances and filing issues, having an overview of what is expected --and, more importantly, the timeframe required for success -- can save you time, money and frustration. You often have to keep the attorney on schedule too. Take charge of the probate process...get this done now!

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Overview of the Probate Process

Probate.....PDF Version

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Probate

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Approaching the Judge
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List of Basic Documents
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Basic Process Explained
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Document Details Revealed
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Importance of Certified Copies
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Sample of Documents Needed
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About the State Estate Tax Return
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Glossary of Terms
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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Appendix contains an example of a Summary Administration Statute
Disclaimer: This document should not be considered legal advice but rather information from a layperson on how to fill out the paperwork.
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