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Probate

    Probate is the process of proving that the decedent’s Will is valid.  The Personal Representative begins this process by filing a petition for probate at the Register of Wills Office in the country where the decedent lived when he or she died.

      If the decedent owned no probate assets at the time of his or her death, then probate may not be necessary.  Generally, probate assets are assets that are titled in the decedent’s name alone.  If the decedent owned only a joint bank account, and an IRA or life insurance policy with designated beneficiaries, these are considered non-probate assets and do not have to go through probate.

      If you die without a Will, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will determine who receives your property.  In most cases, the laws direct that the assets go to the spouse, children, and other family members.  However, by creating a Will, you can specifically designate whom you want to receive your assets when you die.

      How long does probate take in Bucks County, PA?  

      It depends on the complexity of the estate and whether the decedent planned it properly. In Pennsylvania, the probate process can take over a year.

      Do I need a probate attorney to complete the probate process?

      You’re not required by law to have a probate attorney, but the process can go a lot smoother when you have an attorney on your side.

       

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