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Estate administration and probate: What's it all about?

The legal jargon usually comes at the worst possible time -- when a loved one has recently passed away. You try to remain focused, wanting to appear as knowledgeable as possible through all the legal proceedings, but let's face it…you probably have no idea what estate administration or probate really is.

Occasionally, support personnel for law firms forget that not everyone in America has been to law school. While a conscientious attorney will take the time to explain what everything means and what your responsibilities are following the death of a loved one, a clerk or assistant may forget to do so. Instead of scratching your head and wondering what it all means, we attorneys like to encourage clients to ask questions. In the meantime, here are the basics that everyone should know about estate administration and probate.

You might already understand that estate planning is the legal process of making decisions about your future, your medical care and your assets. Estate administration and probate are what takes place after a loved one passes away. In short, these legal terms describe the process of distributing a loved one's assets.

-- New Jersey Probate: In probate, the court will supervise will execution as well as transferring possessions and titles to another person.-- New Jersey Estate Administration: This is simply the process of distributing assets and handling the payment of any remaining debts the deceased left behind. It typically does not take place in court but rather through an attorney.

As you can see, estate administration and probate are not usually as complex as they sound, but that doesn't make the process any easier for those who are in mourning. This is where a good estate planning attorney steps in to help you carry your new burden. You can learn more about the process of probate and administration by browsing our sections on estate planning and administration.

Source: McCurrie, McCurrie and McCurrie LLC, "Probate & Estate Administration" Sep. 18, 2014

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