ACTEC Estate Planning Essentials

Probate - What You Need to Know


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Probate is a legal process where a court validates a deceased person’s will, oversees the administration of their estate, and ensures debts are settled and assets are distributed to beneficiaries according to the terms of the will or applicable laws. It provides a framework for resolving any disputes and finalizing the transfer of assets. With the help of ACTEC Fellows, understand your rights and how to avoid probate with the help of ACTEC Fellows.

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Videos About Probate

ACTEC Estate Planning Essentials is a comprehensive resource provided by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) that offers guidance and information on various aspects of estate planning.

  • What is Probate?

    Learn how to avoid probate, a legal process to distribute a deceased person’s assets, which can be time-consuming, costly, and often involves court supervision.

  • A Child’s Right to Information When a Parent Dies

    When a parent dies, laws determine how property is divided among their heirs per their will or estate documents. Understand offspring’s rights from experts.

  • The Dissatisfied Heir

    Estate experts explain to heirs what they need to understand in an inheritance dispute, including their rights, contesting a will, and when to seek counsel.

  • Should I Serve as an Executor?

    Estate attorneys explain what individuals need to understand before agreeing to serve as an estate executor, such as probate, tax, and legal requirements.

  • How Does a Revocable Trust Avoid Probate?

    Learn how a revocable trust can help avoid probate and maintain privacy for assets properly planned and transferred into a trust during a grantor’s lifetime.

  • Should I Serve as a Trustee?

    Attorneys explain the responsibilities and risks of being a trustee of a trust, a role that involves significant legal and ethical obligations.