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Probate Services

Probate determines the value of a deceased person's assets and who should receive the assets and property, according to state law. Probate proceedings also finalize that person's financial issues, outstanding debts, and money collections.

Before probating begins, the Probate Court appoints a supervisor to oversee the administration and distribution of an estate. An "executor" is a supervisor who is assigned in a will; an "administrator" is selected if there is no will. The executor or administrator may be an individual, a bank, or a trust company.

The duties of an executor or administrator are:

  • To determine the names, ages, and degree of relationship of heirs.
  • To take possession of, and conserve all of the real and personal property of the deceased person.
  • To file with the Probate Court an inventory of all the assets held in the name of the deceased person.
  • To receive and determine the validity of all claims against the deceased person's estate.
  • To file tax returns and to pay income and estate taxes.
  • To make distribution of the estate's assets to the proper persons.
  • To file an account of all receipts and disbursements made by the executor or administrator with the Probate Court.

If the total value of all property in the deceased person 's name is $35,000 or less, the estate can be relieved from the administration requirements.

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