Dealing with the passing of a loved one is obviously challenging on an emotional level. It can also be difficult and unnecessarily expensive in other ways if planning was not done in advance. And if there was no prior planning, the probate process can create even more problems for surviving family members.

Probate is a legal process that that does a number of things, including determining that a will is valid, identifying the assets, possibly appraising property, paying debts and taxes and distributing the remaining property based on a will if there is one.

It may be in the best interest of your survivors for them to be able to avoid going through probate. In order to avoid probate, it is wise to do the necessary estate planning in advance.

However, if the probate process becomes necessary, Bill Ryals, can guide you through it. Bill’s goal is to make the probate process as simple, easy and quick as possible.