Probate is the process of distributing a decedent’ assets and paying their debts. When the person who passed away has a will, Probate distributes the assets according to the will. When the person does not have a will, the assets are distributed according to Vermont Law.
Probate matters can be complicated and at times daunting for someone who doesn’t often deal with them. If you recently had a loved one pass away, the list of things to do for Probate can be a totally overwhelming experience. We can guide you through the process and help you close the final affairs of the estate.
We can help if you have been named executor in a will or if a loved one recently passed away. To schedule a consultation, you can call our Bennington Office at 802-442-9800 or visit or contact us page.
Typical Probate Process
- File a petition to open the estate with the Probate Court
- Notify the interested persons (including heirs) about the death and will, or lack of a will. At this point the interested person can waive a hearing to allow the will or contest the validity of the will
- Collect and inventory the assets of the estate.
- Paying all taxes and known debts.
- Distribute property and assets according to the will or at law.
Although the process appears straight forward, there are many administrative steps and tasks to reach each new step in process.
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