One of the most complex matters to address after the death of a loved one is settling his or her estate. The process of resolving remaining issues associated with the estate, paying off remaining debts and distributing assets are only some of the matters one must address during the estate administration process. It will be helpful to understand how this process works, particularly regarding public access to probate records, details of a personal will and information about a private estate.
Can the public access certain information?
The administration of an estate typically follows the directions outlined in a person’s will. This will follow the probate process, which are court-supervised requirements that validate the will and resolve remaining legal and financial matters. Wills are legal documents, and therefore, they are subject to review by the court.
At the conclusion of the probate process, the will becomes a public record. This means any individual can pay a fee and receive a copy of the will. If privacy is an objective for someone creating an estate plan, he or she will benefit from learning more about how to avoid the probate process.
Navigating probate matters
Probate and estate administration are complex legal matters that may present costly and stressful challenges for heirs and beneficiaries. It is beneficial for a Tennessee family facing these requirements to have legal guidance at every step. Not only will this reduce the chance of conflicts and problems, but an attorney can also provide insight regarding privacy and the protection of family interests.