Tips for Entering into Probate

The probate process is put in place to address a deceased person’s final debts and distribute their remaining estate. Going into probate can seem overwhelming for many but it doesn’t have to be as stressful as you might think. With an experienced estate planning attorney near the Lake of the Ozarks on your side, you can feel better prepared for the obstacles that lie ahead. Learn some tips that can make preparing for probate a bit easier.


Be Transparent with Family

The death of a loved one is an emotionally challenging time for those who have been left behind and adding the stresses of handling their estate to the mix can leave high tensions for the family. While you are still able to make an impact, it’s best to be open and up front with your family about your wishes and expectations. We understand each family has their own unique dynamics and the decisions are ultimately up to you, but we find it can be easier if key family members know in advance what’s happening with the estate.

Be Patient

The probate process isn’t cut and dry. There are many variables that can impact the outcome and overall length of time required to complete the probate process. Provisions in the Will that are unclear, signatures that are not properly witnessed, real estate that needs to be sold and difficulty in locating heirs are just a splattering of examples of real-life situations that can slow down the probate process.


Seek Legal Guidance

The probate process can be overwhelming and full of twists and turns. Having a legal advisor on your side can help you better navigate the process and offer legal advice on next steps along the way. For the best possible outcome, consider hiring a probate attorney to help navigate the probate court system.

O’Donnell Law Center is experienced in helping guide family members through probate court in Camden County, MO. We understand this can be a difficult time and we’re here to help through the challenges that may arise in the probate process. We carry your burden so you can carry on with your life.


We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

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