After the death of a loved one, families want to spend their time together sharing memories and recalling their most cherished moments. No one wants to waste time or money wading through court proceedings while an estate loses valuable resources. Hopefully, an estate plan is in place to ease the transition, but even if one is not, there are steps that can be taken to retain the most benefits. The legal team at Stratton & Reynolds, LLC, are experienced in probate administration. We can help families expedite the probate process and make this process as smooth as possible.
If you’re visiting our website today because you are faced with the daunting task of organizing the estate of a deceased loved one, we want to help. Call our offices today at (803) 358-7214 for consultation.
Probate in South Carolina
Probate is the legal process that takes place after a person dies. Probate can occur both with or without a will, though the fees and time frame can increase if a person dies without a will, as the court must then appoint an executor. The process requires lawyers and involved parties to appear at court hearings, and court fees are paid from the estate. The longer this process goes on, fewer resources are left for your family. The tasks in probate can include:
- Proving a will is authentic
- Identifying all assets that will be distributed and to whom
- Paying any debts and taxes associated with the estate
- Allocating property as directed in the will
Whether your loved one has died without a will or the estate ends up in probate with a will, the legal team at Stratton & Reynolds, LLC can offer immediate guidance to help make the process run more smoothly for your family. Our team is ready to explain the often confusing and complex probate process, set up the appropriate conditions to advance the process, and put families in contact with the proper agencies.
The probate process can become costly and can take many months once it has begun. The legal team at Stratton & Reynolds, LLC, can help you avoid the costs and the stress of a long, drawn-out division of assets.
With Advanced Planning We Can Help Avoid Probate Entirely
Though we are happy to assist with estates already in probate, our legal team can also help families avoid South Carolina probate entirely. By putting a plan in place early, it is possible for estates to be transferred outside the probate process.
Probate situations rarely help beneficiaries. As the process wears on, the estate loses money and time goes by in which heirs’ inheritance is delayed and decreased. By working with you today, our experienced team can save valuable time and resources for your family later, allowing them to reap the most benefit after your loved one’s lifetime of hard work and savings.