Probate is the process for settling a decedent’s estate. The complexity of the process and the precise steps interested parties must take depend on several factors, such as the size of the estate and whether a valid will exists. If you have had a spouse, a parent, or a close relative pass away, you probably have all sorts of questions about how to proceed. The Utah courts certainly try to be helpful, but they cannot provide the personalized attention you need, nor can they offer legal advice. Fortunately, you can trust Skabelund Wirig & Loos in Orem to provide reliable advice and determined legal representation to address every issue that arises during the probate process.
To settle an estate, the court assigns a personal representative, also called an executor or estate administrator. There are several ways to decide this threshold issue:
Once named, the personal representative must:
Depending on the size and complexity of the estate, the quality of the decedent’s estate planning, and the executor’s efficiency, the process can last several months to a few years.
In Utah, if the total value of an estate is less than $100,000 and there is no real property, the estate does not have to go through probate. Instead of filing with the court, the decedent’s successor completes a small estate affidavit and submits the document to a third party, such as a bank, to transfer funds. Even with a small estate, an attorney’s advice can be very helpful in this process.
There are nominal fees for filing in the probate court to settle an estate. The true cost of probate is measured in time and losses due to mistakes and delays. An inexperienced executor faces a steep learning curve. If he or she attempts to settle the estate as a side job, the process can grind to a halt, causing frustration for everyone involved. It’s often best to turn responsibilities over to a professional who can move the estate swiftly through probate. At Skabelund Wirig & Loos, we have the knowledge and experience to avoid unnecessary delays so that heirs who depend on an inheritance to ease their financial hardship can benefit in a timely manner.
If you are looking for reliable advice and strong representation in probate court, Skabelund Wirig & Loos can help. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 801-788-4447 or contact our office online. We are conveniently located at 1149 West Center Street in Orem, just off I-15.