Probate Myth Reading of the Will

Probate Myth - “The Family/ Heirs reading of the Will”

What actually is the process

While the “will reading” is just a myth, created by certain industries and propagated through TV and movies, most people don’t know this until they have to go through it for themselves. To which there is no walk in the park . Completing this part of it will be the starting point for making initial arrangements for the execution of the will:

  • Finding the original will

  • Making copies for distribution

  • Identifying the Personal Representative or Executor

  • Discussions on the distribution of assets

In other cases, a will might not exist or the surviving spouse may have assets transferred to them. Whether one of these situations occurs or not, disputes may arise.

Duties of Named Personal Representative

This will involve the executor to perform these tasks (but not limited too):

  • Collecting information on the deceased

  • Searching property records

  • Following up with individuals and parties referenced in the will

  • Gathering tax returns, pertinent mail

  • Determining whether probate is required or not

  • Initiating the court probate process

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