A Kansas City probate attorney provides aid to those involved in the probate process to try to make the process move as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, even in a best case scenario, probate can take a long time. An experienced attorney can provide assistance during the estate planning process with the goal of ensuring your heirs or beneficiaries receive their inheritances more quickly. Plans should be made in advance to provide for loved ones to inherit through means outside of probate if the time in which the inheritance is received is of more than ordinary importance.
Parman & Easterday understands the laws in Kansas that apply to probate. Our legal team can assist the executor of an estate in moving a last will and testament through the probate process as quickly as possible. We also provide aid with the creation of a comprehensive estate plan designed to allow a faster inheritance than is possible through probate. Give us a call to find out more.
How a Kansas City Probate Attorney Helps Make the Probate Process Faster
The probate process is a lengthy process, even if everything goes relatively smoothly. According to Investopedia it can take a year or more for all of the steps of the probate process to take place and for heirs or beneficiaries to be able to inherit property left to them in a will. In some cases, such as if someone decides to contest a will, a probate process could drag on for many years.
It is the job of an executor of an estate to start the probate process and take the necessary steps to move probate forward. This includes completing certain tasks such as submitting forms to the probate court, preparing an accounting of the estate assets, and facilitating the change in ownership through transfers by deed or otherwise.
If an executor wants to make certain he or she moves the probate process as quickly as possible, the executor should call a lawyer right away following a death. An attorney can advise the executor on the paperwork that has to be filed and on the key steps to go through probate. When a lawyer helps submit paperwork to the court and in completing the executor’s duties, there will not be any unnecessary delays due to mistakes in paperwork or to the executor of the estate not knowing what is expected or required.
If heirs or beneficiaries are concerned that the probate process is taking too long, a Kansas City probate attorney can represent their interests to make certain an executor is fulfilling all his or her legal duties.
How a Kansas City Estate Planning Lawyer Can Help Heirs Inherit Quickly
A Kansas City estate planning lawyer can assist you in identifying ways to transfer assets outside of the probate process. There are different approaches you can take to make it possible for your heirs to inherit almost immediately, or to inherit within a few weeks, rather than in months or years.
Some options you can consider when making an estate plan include creating a trust, setting up payable on death accounts, acquiring property in joint ownership, or making gifts during your lifetime called inter vivos gifts. Parman & Easterday can teach you how gift tax works, and how to use other available legal tools to make certain your loved ones who are counting on receiving an inheritance do not need to struggle financially during a lengthy probate process.
Getting Help from A Kansas City Probate Attorney
A Kansas City probate lawyer can represent the executor of an estate, as well as heirs or beneficiaries, during the probate process to help move things along as quickly as possible. Our legal team can advise the executor of a will about how best to fulfill his responsibilities and how to complete the probate process without undue delay. We can assist heirs or beneficiaries if they believe an executor of an estate is taking longer than necessary, and we can help bring or defend against a will contest.
To find out more about how the probate process works, and how to make an estate plan that allows your heirs or beneficiaries to inherit more quickly and avoid probate, join us for a free seminar. You can also give us a call today at (913) 385-9400 or (405) 843-6100 or contact us online to get legal help throughout the probate process or estate planning process in Kansas or Oklahoma. Call now to get started.