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    Trying to navigate your own unique probate case could be a costly mistake.

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    After a person passes away, probate initiates the process of distributing the deceased's assets according to the wishes laid out in their will. However, often times due to various circumstances, a will must be contested -- or even more challenging, a person dies intestate (without a will).

    In the latter two scenarios, the distribution of assets must be arranged and determined through the process of probate court. As anyone who has experienced this process can tell you, it is an incredibly complex and challenging process that absolutely must be overseen by an experienced, meticulous probate attorney.

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    Probate is essentially a legal process that seeks to fairly consolidate and distribute the assets of a person after they die. This process involves a special court (probate court), and involves a great deal of very specific paperwork and court appearances. When a person dies without a will (intestacy), the probate process must determine an administrator to oversee what the beneficiaries receive.
    The probate process is a notoriously detailed -- and often slow -- legal process that essentially executes a flawless and thorough accounting and distribution of a deceased person's assets. However, utilizing the services of an excellent probate attorney can not only speed up the time to final distribution, but also save substantial amounts of money by avoiding unnecessary fees and taxes.
    While you are not legally required to have a probate attorney represent you, the vast majority of people choose to retain a lawyer. There are several reasons for this, not the least of which being that if you are not a lawyer, you should not attempt to carry out one of the most detail-oriented and daunting legal tasks in the entire court system (probating an estate). If you are appointed as the executor of an estate, you have a binding legal duty to the court to carry out certain tasks correctly and on time. If you miss a deadline or fail to submit a certain form, for instance, the court will not have leniency just because you are attempting to probate the estate yourself. The court does not hold your hand and provide instructions about what to do next: this is considered the responsibility of the executor (or, ideally, their attorney).
    JT Legal Group has years of experience helping clients resolve their property-related legal matters. Our approach to probate is that you, as a grieving survivor, should not have to worry about legal details during this time. Let us handle the hard work, let us shoulder the responsibility, and let us guide you toward distribution in the most stress-free and compassionate manner possible.

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    Michael Avanesian

    Michael Avanesian is an experienced attorney in the field of corporate restructuring and litigation. Mr. Avanesian has a wide range of experience in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and has represented corporate and individual debtors, secured creditors, unsecured creditors, lessors, lessees, trustees and other interested parties in bankruptcy cases and related litigation.

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    Probate cases are some of the most complex and challenging legal matters that an individual is likely to face in their lifetime. You need to trust that you have an expert probate attorney in your corner aggressively fighting for your best interests. At JT Legal Group, probate law is one of our central focuses.