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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.

Summary Probate

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 your circumstances.

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 and obligations!

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.

Harris Law Offices
Harris Law Offices - Haddon Heights Estate Planning Attorney
2 White Horse Pike,
Haddon Heights, NJ 08035.
Phone: (856) 310-9500.
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