Haddon Heights Probate Attorney
What is probate?
Probate involves determining the validity of the
will as well as the process of administering the estate of a decedent, or deceased
person, according to the directions in a will or provided by the courts.
Depending on the size of the estate, the presence of a valid will, and
surviving heirs, the process may go through summary probate or general
probate. A standard
probate administration process involves collecting the assets, managing the assets, handling
taxes and debt, closing the estate and distributing the assets.
How can Harris Law Offices help you?
Due to the complex nature of probate and related legal matters, it is encouraged
that you seek immediate legal assistance. From administering probate to
contested issues, I can be of assistance to individuals and families throughout
Haddon Heights, New Jersey.
Clients continue to choose my firm for the following reasons:
- 10/10 Superb Rating by Avvo
- Confidential and complimentary initial consultations
- Compassionate counsel that understands your unique situation
- One-on-one attention from a qualified legal professional
No case is too big or too complex.
Contact Harris Law Offices at (856) 681-0429 today.
Determining the Validity of a Will
The first step of the probate process is determining the validity of the
will. In order for a will to be valid in the state of New Jersey it must
be signed in front of two witnesses who must also sign the will. If the
will is notarized, it may speed up the probate process even more. Additionally,
holographic wills, which are unwitnessed, handwritten wills, are valid
in New Jersey. Once the validity of the will is assessed, the probate
process continues in the court.
Probate Courts in New Jersey
Every state has a different probate process, and in New Jersey probate
matters are handled by the Surrogate's Court and the Superior Court,
Chancery Division Probate Part. It is most likely that your probate matters
will be handled by the Surrogate's Court, which has limited jurisdiction
and handles only uncontested matters. The Superior Court, Chancery Division
Probate Part handles all contested probate matters and certain uncontested
ones. I can represent you in all of the probate courts and ensure your
rights and interests are protected.
There are two probate options available to small estates that are not named
in a valid will. If the estate's value is $20,000 or less, a surviving
spouse is entitled to all of the estate without passing through the process.
If there is no surviving spouse and the estate is not worth over $10,000,
then one surviving heir can file an affidavit with the written consent
of the others and receive all of the assets. If you are unsure of what
probate options are available in your situation, call my office to discuss
Experience You Can Trust in Haddon Heights, NJ
With over 30 years of experience, I am a Haddon Heights estate planning
attorney you can trust! While having general information about the probate
process is important, I pride myself on listening to my clients' specific
needs and making practical recommendations based on their current situations,
as well as their wishes for the future. Because of my understanding of
the law and my client-centered approach, I have won numerous awards, including
being Martindale-Hubbell® BV Distinguished® Rated, which is one
of the most prestigious awards available to lawyers.
Call (856) 861-0429 to Request a Free Consultation
Contact the firm to learn more about my timely and cost-conscious advice. If you are currently
serving as an executor or personal administrator and would like assistance
administering your late loved one's estate, complete a
free case evaluation from Harris Law Offices today for more information about your legal options
My firm serves
Camden County and the rest of the Philadelphia metropolitan area, so residents should
give us a call at (856) 861-0429 as soon as possible.