Guiding You Through The Probate Process

Thorough estate planning can often eliminate the need for probate. When it is necessary, however, it is important to have the help of a skilled lawyer. The Law Office Of Paul D. White P.A. has over 26 years of experience handling probate matters for clients in Saline County. With our knowledge, we can help you during this difficult time.

Probate is the process through which assets and properties are distributed after a person dies. The first step is determining if there is a valid will and to petition the court to admit the will to probate along with a personal representative. This notice must be sent and published to all known creditors.

The next steps involve collecting and managing probate property, paying all outstanding taxes and debts, and then distributing the remaining assets to the heirs stated in the will. In the event that there is no will, Arkansas intestate laws determine how the assets will be distributed, as well as an administrator to handle the process.

Depending on the complexity of the estate, the probate process can be both complicated and time-consuming, and even small mistakes could lead to spending more time and money than necessary. The help of a good attorney, however, will help minimize the expenditure of time dedicated to the probate process.

Simplified Small Estate Probate

If the estate in question is worth $100,000 or less, excluding allowances and rights due to the spouses and minor children, it may be eligible for simplified probate procedures. This can be done after a waiting period of 45 days. We can help you file an Affidavit for Collection of Small Estate to put this process in motion.

Learn More In A Free Consultation

To discuss your probate and estate planning needs for free, call our office in Bryant at 501-847-5556. You can also fill out our online contact form.