Estate administration is something that people sometimes overlook, but it is an important part of the estate planning process.
There is a human element, and there can be court involvement under some circumstances.
The Probate Process
You may assume that a last will is the most efficient and effective asset transfer vehicle. In fact, if you state your final wishes in a last will, the heirs do not receive their inheritances in a timely manner. Before inheritances can be distributed, the will must be probated.
The executor that is named in the last will must admit the will to probate. During probate, the Surrogate’s Court supervises the administration of the estate.
One thing that can be disconcerting about probate is the fact that it is a public proceeding. You may not want everyone to know how you decided to distribute your resources, but probate records can in fact be accessed by the general public.
Anyone who is interested can find out how you planned your estate, and this can create acrimony among extended family members and associates.
Cost is another factor. There are a number of different expenses that typically accumulate during probate, and they can be considerable.
Probate provides an open window of opportunity for anyone who may want to challenge your estate, and this is another thing to take into consideration.
Lastly, probate is time-consuming. Even if everything goes smoothly, it will take nine months to a year for an estate to be probated, and the inheritors must wait out the process empty-handed.
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