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Probate is the process by which a deceased person's property, known as the "estate," is passed to his or her heirs and legatees (people named in the will). The entire process, supervised by the probate court, usually takes about a year.

Common issues that delay probate administration include: heirs being difficult to notify or refusing to execute documents; selling or re-titling real property and disagreements among heirs or interested parties about their respective interest in the decedent's estate.

The emotional trauma brought on by the death of a close family member often is accompanied by bewilderment about the financial and legal steps the survivors must take. The spouse who passed away may have handled all of the couple's finances. Or perhaps a child must begin taking care of probating an estate about which he or she knows little. This task may come on top of commitments to family and work that can't be set aside. Finally, the estate itself may be in disarray or scattered among many accounts, which is not unusual with a generation that saw banks collapse during the Depression.

For details and common questions about the administration of probate, see these Circuit Court Clerk's links providing instructions for Personal Representatives and Fiduciaries.

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