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Guiding Clients Through Probate in Laurens, Simpsonville & Spartanburg, SC
When a family member dies, it can be a time of grief, mourning, and loss. The handling of that person’s estate is probably not the first thing on your mind. However, your loved one’s passing will likely involve the matter of probate.
Navigating this process in court can be confusing and difficult. If you have been named the executor of the will or have other concerns regarding the probate proceedings, you will need the knowledgeable services of a skilled probate lawyer.
At the Law Offices of Rhett Burney, you can work with an attorney who has been providing legal assistance in probate matters to clients throughout the greater Greenville County area for decades. Attorney Rhett Burney is a skilled mediator as well as a reputable trial lawyer who can put his extensive experience and legal insight to work for you, both in and out of court. Rhett is not only long on experience but on dedication to client service as well. At his firm, your satisfaction is a top priority.
Need legal help with a probate matter? Reach out to the Law Office of Rhett Burney via our contact form or at (864) 523-2032 to schedule a consultation with our Greenville County probate attorney.
Understanding Probate in South Carolina
Probate involves the court process of distributing the assets and property of someone who has passed away. It is required with or without a last will and testament.
- Where a will exists, it will be validated by the court, and the property distributed to the heirs and beneficiaries according to its instructions.
- If no will has been written, the deceased person’s property must be distributed according to South Carolina law.
- Where a will exists, the person named as the executor or personal representative of the will has the responsibility to see that the terms of the will are carried out.
- If no will exists, the court will appoint someone to act as the personal representative; this is usually a family member.
Probate can be complicated and made more so should heirs, beneficiaries, or other interested parties dispute the contents of the will or the probate process. These disputes can lead to probate litigation which will take extra time, money, and often aggravation for those involved.
What is the Probate Process in SC?
The probate process generally includes:
- Opening up the process with the delivery of the will (if one exists)
- Naming a personal representative
- Validating the will
- Making an inventory of the property and assets
- Notifying beneficiaries
- Notifying creditors
- Paying any debts or taxes due on the estate
- Distributing the remainder of the state according to the terms of the will
All probate steps must be done according to the law and the personal representative has a fiduciary duty to act on behalf of the heirs and beneficiaries in good faith.
Rhett Can Guide You through the Probate Process
If you are facing the task of probating a loved one’s estate, you can rely on Rhett to provide the counsel and guidance you need. He can also represent you in disputes over a will or any aspect of the probate process.
Don't go through the complex process of probate alone, contact the probate attorney in Greenville County at Rhett D. Burney, Attorney at Law today for experienced legal guidance.
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