Estates With and Without Will

Mentor Estate Planning Lawyer

Testate vs. Intestate.

When a person dies, he may or may not have a Will. If they have a Will, it is called testate. If there is no Will, it is called intestate.

The Will sets forth who should be in charge of the estate (executor) and who should receive the assets. The Will must be administered through the probate court. The Will can suggest who should be the executor, but it is the Court that actually appoints that person to be the executor.

If there is no Will, someone must come forward to be in charge of the estate. The procedure of probate court is very similar, except there is no Will to be admitted to probate.

Probate Court has numerous procedures to transfer assets, depending upon the nature of the assets, from the simple, small estates to the more complex estates.

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To consult with one of our probate lawyers, please contact Sternberg & Zeid today for an appointment. We can be reached by e-mail or by telephone at 440-942-6267.

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