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Salina Probate Attorneys

the Probate Process in Kansas City

While many people take steps to avoid the expense and frustration of probate, even the best-laid estate plans can fail. During the probate process, the property and other assets of the decedent are evaluated and distributed to the rightful heirs. The Salina probate lawyers at Brown & Vogel, LLC can help you through the probate process in an efficient manner, regardless of the particulars of your situation.

To work with a team that is as compassionate as it is experienced, reach out to our firm today at (785) 859-4612.

What Probate Entails

There are some exceptions to the property that is subject to probate which a Salina probate attorney can help you to understand.

Some of the main tasks of probate are:

  • Determining if there is a valid will
  • Transferring ownership of real estate
  • Paying necessary taxes and debts on time
  • Determining which property and assets belong to the estate
  • Converting assets to cash to be able to distribute to the beneficiaries
  • Appointing an executor to the estate, if one was not provided in a will

Avoiding Probate in Salina

Many people want to know how they can avoid the complexities of the probate process. Generally, certain assets always bypass probate.

Assets that always bypass probate include

  • Retirement accounts
  • Funds in Payable on Death, or POD, bank accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Securities registered in transfer on death, or TOD, forms
  • Pension Plans
  • Wages due to the deceased person
  • Property held in a living trust
  • Assets owned jointly by spouses

At Brown & Vogel, LLC, we can help you with setting up a trust for any assets that don't immediately fall into these categories so you can easily pass your estate to your heirs without requiring probate. We can also advise you on whether or not your estate would benefit from the probate process.

Facilitating a Smooth Transition

If a loved one in your life has passed away, contact a Salina probate lawyer to discuss what your next steps will look like. Ideally, the decedent left behind a will outlining their intentions for their estate. In the case there is no will, we hope that after reviewing the situation all parties with a vested interest can agree that entering into formal probate proceedings in court won’t be necessary. Unfortunately, however, that is often not the case. Whether or not the proceedings become contentious, we will be there to make sure you are being treated fairly and receive everything to which you are entitled.

Whatever the circumstances, our team at Brown & Vogel, LLC has over 60 years of combined experience ready to put to use for you. Speak to a probate lawyer today at (785) 859-4612.

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