Probate is a court-supervised process that appraises your estate and legally transfers your property to your beneficiaries upon your death. Your estate encompasses all your financial assets and property, including: bank accounts, real estate, vehicles, etc. The probate process can last up to 6-9 months because the court needs time to validate your will, assess your assets, and settle any remaining debts and taxes. A thorough estate plan can speed up this procedure, but District of Columbia probate laws prevent families from completely bypassing the process. If you don’t have an estate plan, this process can be even more complicated for your family, and you’ll have no control over how the court decides to distribute your remaining assets.
Contact the Washington, D.C. probate attorneys at DiPietro Law Group, PLLC if you are currently enduring the probate process or want to develop an estate plan that mitigates its impact on your family. If you’ve lost a loved one, we can answer any legal questions you have, explain the entirety of the probate process, and represent your interests in court if there is any familial conflict over asset distribution.
Call our Washington, D.C. probate attorneys at (202) 902-9587 if you require legal counsel or representation.
Understanding Probate Court
In Washington D.C, a will can’t transfer assets or property in and of itself unless it passes through the probate process. Once a decedent passes away, the surviving personal representative must file a petition for probate of the will with the court.
Probating an estate involves the following:
- Collecting all assets and property of the decedent
- Validating the will and the list of beneficiaries
- Paying all residual debts and taxes
- Settling any remaining disputes
- Collecting all income and dividends
- Distributing the assets and property to the beneficiaries
This can be a very costly process, and beneficiaries may have to pay various court fees before the remaining inheritance can be distributed.
Seek Legal Guidance
It’s difficult to deal with legal issues and family conflict after losing a loved one. Our Washington, D.C. probate lawyers can help you navigate the probate process and ensure your rights and the wishes of your deceased loved one are respected. We can also help if you are interested in developing an estate plan that protects your family from the negative effects of probate court.
Contact DiPietro Law Group, PLLC at (202) 902-9587 to schedule a consultation.