Losing a loved one is one of life’s most traumatic events. Unfortunately, it is during this traumatic time that important legal and financial decisions are made. This is especially true for the individual asked to close the affairs of his or her loved one. At PEARSON BUTLER Law, our experienced Utah probate attorney team can help represent you during the estate administration process in Utah.
Why Have Probate Proceedings in Utah?
Probate proceedings ensure that a deceased person’s property is transferred in an orderly manner. The probate helps:
- Pay the deceased person’s taxes and debts
- Protect the estate of the deceased
- Resolve who gets which assets and then properly disburse the property
What Does a Personal Representative do?
The personal representative handles and settling the estate of the deceased. Whether acting as an executor under a will or as an administrator assigned by the court where no will was executed, the personal representative settling the estate requires both a high attention to detail and high level of trust. These responsibilities come with court filing deadlines and accountability to the beneficiaries. The personal representative typically does the following:
- Informing the creditors and the heirs about the probate proceedings
- Inventorying and collecting assets belonged to the deceased
- Paying federal and state income taxes
- Selling estate property, as needed, to pay back taxes and expenses
- Distributing the balance of proceeds to designated family members and relatives.
When Should an Utah Probate Attorney be Consulted?
The Utah State Bar recommends an attorney be consulted under any of these circumstances:
- The gross value of your estate, including life insurance, employer death benefits, and anything you might inherit from your spouse or others, exceeds $600,000.
- Where one or more of your heirs may have trouble managing their affairs due to age, infirmity, improvidence, lack of training, or simply lack of desire.
- Where there are businesses or partnerships involved.
- Where there might be substantial conflict among the heirs.
- Where there are any other unusual or bothersome circumstances.
Source: http://www.utcourts.gov/howto/wills/#Probate. Contact a probate attorney Salt Lake City can help with the process.
Contact a Utah Probate Attorney
Utah probate law can be difficult to understand and estate administration through the probate process can be complicated. The process can be further complicated when personal representative lives outside of Utah. At PEARSON BUTLER Law, our Utah probate attorney team can assist the personal representative of the estate through this sometimes confusing and complicated process. Call (801) 495-4104 to contact a probate attorney Salt Lake City team member today.