Your estate must be probated when you use a last will to direct the transfer of your assets. Probate is a very useful process, and in New Jersey it is quite streamlined and efficient so it is nothing to be concerned about as long as you have your estate plan professionally prepared.
A qualified central New Jersey estate planning lawyer will prepare your last Will with the expectations of the surrogate court in mind. Probate lawyers have a thorough understanding of the system, and they can ensure a smooth passage through probate so that your loved ones receive their inheritances as quickly as possible.
Stating your wishes in writing is necessary of course but you also have to select someone to carry out these wishes. This would be the executor of the estate. Given the fact that administering the estate can require some business savvy and a good bit of time you should select an individual who is capable of handling these tasks.
One way to approach it would be to connect your executor with the probate attorney that drew up your estate planning documents.
The executor will then know exactly who to contact in the event of your passing. Your attorney will already have a thorough understanding of your situation because he or she will be the individual who actually drew up the documents that will be examined by the surrogate court.
As a result, the executor will have the legal guidance that he or she needs to administer the estate effectively.
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