Probate is the process of formal court proceedings by which a deceased person's estate is settled and distributed. Probate is required when a decedent names his or her estate's beneficiaries in a will, or when a person dies without a will (called “intestacy”). Probate has several downsides: it often takes a year or more for probate proceedings to conclude and for property to be distributed; the costs of probate can also escalate quickly; and the details of the estate become public information. Probate is just one way property can be transferred at death; it is required in some cases, but not all. Our attorneys can help you determine if your loved one's estate must go through probate, or if there is a more time- and cost-friendly alternative. If probate is required, we will help you navigate the paperwork, court proceedings, and all other aspects of the probate process. We know that probate occurs during a time of loss and grief for our clients. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys strive to provide caring and compassionate services to make the arduous probate process as efficient and stress-free as possible.