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Is Probate Necessary?

Q.  My sister just passed and I need to sell her Jax Beach condo. How do I start?


A.  I'm sorry to hear about your loss.  Before you engage the services of a Realtor, you need to speak with your attorney to determine if her estate needs to go through probate.  Probate is the court supervised process of "proving the will" of the deceased, if one exists.  It includes determining the assets, debts and ultimate distribution of the remainder of the estate to the heirs and beneficiaries.  Depending on the size of her estate this could take some time so please don't hesitate to reach out if you need the name of a good local attorney to help get the process started.



Have a real estate question or need some sound advice?  Call or text Phyllis Staines at (904) 476-7653 or email pstaines@aol.com. Every question will receive a response and may be chosen to appear in Saturday's Times Union newspaper.

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