Wills and Estates

The legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person, whether a will is involved or not, is essentially resolving all claims against the decedent and distributing the deceased person’s property to the heirs or beneficiaries. The probate process officially appoints the executor (or personal representative), generally named in the will when there is one, as having legal power to dispose of the deceased person’s assets in the manner specified in the will, or to the heirs at law if there is no will.  Through the probate process, a will may be contested and set aside.