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What information is needed to start the probate process?

What information is needed to start the probate process?

On Behalf of | Nov 17, 2021 | Probate Administration

There are few guarantees in life for people in New Jersey. One of the few though is one that people do not like to think about and that is everyone will pass away at some point in time. How and when people pass away varies greatly, but losing a loved one is never easy. It can be a very emotional time for the family and friends who lost a person they loved and may have relied on throughout their lives.

While it may not be easy the family still needs to take care of the deceased’s funeral arrangements and also they will need to settle the deceased’s estate. People cannot take their personal belongings with them when they die and those need to be passed on the family and other important people in their lives. The deceased may have a will which states their wishes regarding who will receive their property, but the will by itself does not actually transfer the property to anyone.

In order to administer the estate and distribute the property the will and the estate needs to go through the probate process. This is a court proceeding, which ensures the property is distributed by the personal representative according to what the will states. This can be a long process, but first the personal representative or another family member needs to start the process.

Information needed for a probate application

To do this an application needs to be filed with the court. It must contain the following information on order to be accepted. The application must have the name and address of the deceased. It must also state the date of death and the date of the deceased’s will. Additionally, it needs to state the names and addresses of the deceased’s spouse, children and other heirs. The application must also contain a copy of the death certificate. Other information may also be needed depending on the circumstances.

Going through probate in New Jersey can be a long and complicated process. It also must be done during an emotional period of time in the family’s life. It is important that it is done correctly though and consulting with experienced attorneys could be beneficial.


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