Here is a brief overview of the process:

  • Identify the property owned by the decedent.
  • Determine who is legally entitled to inherit the estate, whether the decedent left a will or died without one.
  • File the petition for probate and obtain “Letters” from the court that will enable the executor (or administrator) to take control of the assets.
  • Marshall the financial accounts into an estate account.
  • Appraise assets.
  • File a Final Report with the court and request an Order For Distribution.