If you create a will, your assets will go through the probate process, when the court oversees the transfer and administration of affairs and assets.
However, if you choose to set up a trust, you will name a “successor trustee” to assume control of the trust and deal with asset administration upon your death.
There are pros and cons to each of these processes, but our team at Generations Law Group is prepared to sit down and go through the details of your case with you to determine the best situation for you, your family, and your legacy.
Probate in Idaho
Many people find the idea of probate to be intimidating — your will becomes public record, and the court becomes charged with overseeing the administration of all your assets to the proper beneficiaries.
However, probate is not as complicated as it sounds, particularly when you have a probate attorney team on your side.
Each state has slightly different regulations for the probate process.
What does the probate process look like?
The probate process in Idaho typically takes about 6 months, but can drag out for longer periods of time depending on the circumstances — particularly if there are disputes among the family members and beneficiaries.
Some of the documents and other important elements the Personal Representative will need to collect for the probate process include:
- Copies of the death certificate
- Copies of the will or trust
- Financial information and documents of your loved one
- Estate property and assets
The steps are typically as follows:
What does the trust administration process look like?
The “successor trustee” is the person named in the trust who will assume control of the trust after the creator dies. The successor trustee should normally be alerted of this role ahead of time.
Once the creator of the trust dies, the successor trustee should set a timeline and a budget for the trust administration, seeing as the court will not be intervening.
Because each trust and each family is different, it’s difficult to know how long the trust administration could take, but hiring an experienced team of trust administration attorneys can definitely help take pressure off the successor trustee during the process.
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How Generations Law Group Can Help
If your family is dealing with the probate process, a probate attorney can help with everything from getting property appraised and finding all of the decedent’s assets to resolving tax issues and managing the estate’s checkbook.
In trust administration processes, attorneys can help you understand documents and administer the estate, as well as dealing with court proceedings and settling disputes.
Our team of compassionate attorneys at Generations Law Group has decades of combined experience in probate and trust administration. Let us guide you through the process. Get started by contacting us to set up your initial consultation.