Every estate is unique, making the probate process unique for every estate as well. Nevertheless, there are some fairly common steps in the probate process, such as:
- Identifying, securing, and valuing estate assets
- Opening probate by submitting the original Last Will and Testament (if applicable) and a petition to open probate in the county where the decedent was a resident at the time of death.
- Identifying and locating heirs if the decedent died intestate.
- Notifying creditors that probate is underway.
- Reviewing creditor claims and approving or denying each claim.
- Litigating any claims
- Calculating and paying any state and/or federal tax due.
- Transferring the remaining assets to the intended beneficiaries/heirs of the estate.