Probate & Estate Administration

What Is Probate?

Probate, also known as estate administration, is the process by which your assets pass to your heirs at your death. This legal process can drain your loved ones’ time, energy and money, all while they are still in mourning.

Fortunately, you can take proactive steps to avoid probate. The first thing to do is talk to an elder law attorney at Kentucky ElderLaw, PLLC. With nearly 20 years’ experience, we know how to help you avoid probate. Or, if your loved one recently died and you need assistance navigating probate law, we can guide you.

What Is The Probate Process Like?

Every estate is different, so the probate process may vary depending on your unique circumstances. However, there are a few standard steps during estate administration in Kentucky:

  • Probate begins when a person completes a petition for probate and files it with the probate court.
  • The probate court will appoint a personal representative who will speak for the estate, gather all financial assets, pay all bills and eventually distribute the remaining assets to the beneficiaries named in the will.
  • Creditors have six months to file claims with the estate. Once these are paid, the court can distribute assets.
  • The personal representative will need to file a final settlement with the district court.

When Is Estate Probate Needed?

Some estates and certain assets do not require probate. These include:

  • Payable on death accounts
  • Transfer on death accounts
  • IRAs
  • Property held in a joint tenancy
  • Assets titled to a trust

However, you need an estate plan or will to ensure that your other property and assets pass to the beneficiaries you prefer.

Ask More Questions About Probate In A Free Consultation

You can learn more about estate administration by talking to one of our lawyers. We have free initial consultations, so you have nothing to lose by visiting us. You can reach our Louisville office at 502-581-1111, our Bowling Green office at 270-467-0002 or our Shepherdsville office at 502-955-1005. You can also send our office an email.

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Our attorneys have the knowledge and compassion to lead you through planning your estate and planning for long-term care, which can be daunting, confusing and frustrating. Call us at 502-581-1111 to arrange your FREE consultation or fill out the form below to contact us for an appointment.