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Understanding the differences between formal and informal probate

After a person passes away, his or her estate will likely go through probate. This is the legal process of validating a will (if one exists) and distributing the decedent's property. To know what you can expect during this process, you should first understand that there are different types of probate. 

I'm named as a personal representative: What does this mean?

After someone passes away, it is necessary to resolve matters related to his or her estate. These matters could be financial, legal, personal or logistical. And the person responsible for addressing these details is typically the personal representative named in the decedent's will.

3 factors to consider when naming someone to act on your behalf

The probate process can be a confusing, frustrating experience for people who are still grieving the death of a loved one. Selected parties must make decisions on how to distribute assets, how to interpret a decedent's wishes and how to take care of the people and property the person left behind.

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