Barney McKenna & Olmstead

Probate Lawyers in St. George, Utah

If a loved one has passed away and named you executor of their estate, the probate lawyers of Barney McKenna & Olmstead in St. George, Utah can help you through the probate process. If you have been named executor of an estate, this may be the first time such a task has been placed upon your shoulders. What are your responsibilities and what are the next steps? If you have been named the executor of an estate, you may be the person in charge of taking a will to court, where it will be validated through a legal process known as probate. While some wills can pass through probate releatively easily, sometimes the probate process can be complex, and can last many years. The probate lawyers at BMO Law Firm in St. George, Utah understand how challenging it can be to have lost a loved one. We understand that executors of estates are often grieving individuals facing the challenges of managing a loved one’s final affairs, as well as probate. We can help guide you through the process to ensure that your loved one’s will is carried out as your loved one intended.

What is Probate?

Probate is the legal process through which a will is validated by a court. When a person passes away with a will, the will must go through the probate process. In order for probate to be completed, the executor must submit proper documentation to the court and complete some tasks. This includes accounting for all the deceased person’s assets. It is important to note that many wills do not take into account all assets, and with a larger estate this could be a monumental task. Some of the property may need to be appraised and sold to pay off debts.
The executor must identify all debts and creditors, and pay them. In many cases, the executor must post proper notice of the person’s death to give potential creditors the ability to come forward. Furthermore, if there are unpaid taxes on the estate, the executor must also pay these taxes before assets can be distributed to heirs. Once all debts are paid, then assets can be distributed to heirs as noted in the will. Issues can arise here if family members dispute the will, or if someone in the family believes the will was written under duress or was written when the individual was incapable of making decisions on their own behalf. The probate process gives family members the opportunity to dispute the will.
A probate lawyer in St. George, Utah can assist you with the probate process by:
  • Helping you get an appropriate number of copies of the death certificate so probate can proceed.
  • Helping you submit the will and death certificate to the court so that the probate process can proceed.
  • Assisting you with documenting and appraising assets.
  • Assisting you with paying debts on the estate and posting proper legal notices.
  • Assisting you with paying taxes on the estate.
  • Assisting you with the legal process of notifying beneficiaries to the will. It is important to properly notify all beneficiaries or the executor could potentially face a lawsuit if beneficiaries aren’t notified.
  • Assisting you with any litigation that may take place in probate court, especially if family members dispute or contest the will.
BMO Law Firm is a St. George, Utah probate law firm that can assist you and your family with all steps of the probate process. In some cases, probate isn’t a lengthy procedure, but it can be challenging because it often happens when families are also planning funerals and when individuals are grieving. Having a probate lawyer to assist you with the process can be helpful. Sometimes the probate process can be quite extensive, especially if your loved one passed away with a large estate, or if your loved one owned property in multiple states, or if family members dispute or challenge the will. In the case of probate litigation or estate litigation, having a lawyer on your side to assist you with these challenges can help your family with seeing that your loved one’s true wishes are honored in accordance to their last will and testament. If there was more than one will, validating the correct will is also important. BMO Law Firm is a probate law firm in St. George, Utah that can assist you with these varying complexities.

Contact a Probate Lawyer Today

If your loved one has recently passed away, please accept our deepest condolences. We understand that this may be a challenging time for you and your family. In addition to making final arrangements, the executor of a person’s estate will be in charge of taking the deceased person’s will to court. Having a probate lawyer to assist you with the process can be helpful and can take the immense weight of the process off your shoulders. Contact BMO Law Firm, a probate law firm in St. George, Utah today. Our probate attorneys are here to assist you with every step of the probate process and stand by your side should estate litigation occur.