The Prescott Jamieson Murphy Law Group can help you navigate the probate process to ensure that assets are distributed according to Maine law and/or the terms of a will or trust.
An “intestate” estate is the estate of someone who died without a will. Contrary to popular belief, a person’s estate does not “go to the state” if they die without a will. The Maine Probate Code controls who is put in charge of the decedent’s estate and how the decedent’s property is divided. Attorney Joyce Leary Clark helps clients work through the process of having a personal representative or executor appointed, and advise them how to handle the estate.
A “testate” estate is the estate of someone who dies with a valid will. Even if a decedent dies leaving a will, usually their estate will need to be probated. Attorney Joyce Leary Clark can help the Personal Representative nominated in a will file the appropriate documents with the probate court to be approved as Personal Representative, and advise them on their powers and duties.