Through probate, individuals can ensure that the right assets go to the right people upon their death. Yet, while the concept is simple, probate laws can be challenging to understand. How can you write a will that ensures your loved ones receive the property you wish to leave them? How does probate work?
Our Albuquerque estate and probate lawyers are available to answer your questions in a substantial free initial consultation. We will sit down with you to thoroughly discuss your options for the probate process, and help you decide next steps.
Contact our law firm, William F. Davis & Associates, P.C., to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced, professional and diligent probate lawyers. Call 505-243-6129 or 800-675-6129 today.
Probate: Administration and Litigation
What is probate? Probate is the process of dividing a person's estate and paying off debts after his or her death. During probate, a personal representative will collect property, notify heirs of the death, pay debts and taxes, and distribute property to beneficiaries. If the decedent had a will, the property will be distributed in accordance with that will. If a decedent dies intestate (without a will), the property will be divided under New Mexico intestate succession laws.
How long does probate take? Probate is a lengthy process that can take anywhere from four months to years. Generally, if no one contests the will and the property issues are simple, the probate process will take approximately four to six months. If, however, probate litigation ensues, it can take much longer. Having an experienced probate lawyer on your side can not only speed up the process but ensure that the property division is fair and in accordance with the law.
What is probate litigation? Probate litigation can arise for a number of reasons, such as evidence that a testator wrote a will under duress or while mentally unable to make decisions.
We handle a wide range of probate disputes, including:
- Will contests
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Removal of personal representatives
- Inheritance disputes
Contact a New Mexico Lawyer for Probate
To speak with one of our experienced probate lawyers in a free initial consultation, contact our firm online or call 505-243-6129 or 800-675-6129.