This fundamental how-to guide walks new attorneys through standard estate administration procedures for probating a will and obtaining letters testamentary. It also serves as a great tool for more experienced practitioners to brush up on this fundamental estate administration skill. The resource provides answers to the following basic questions that often arise when administering an estate: Where do I begin? Are there any exceptions to the standard estate administration procedures? How do I probate the decedents will? What does it mean when a will is self-proving? How do I obtain letters testamentary? What if the decedents appointed personal representative is not willing to serve? What information do I need to complete the necessary paperwork? Are there any additional items that must be submitted or procedures that must be completed?
Get right down to the nitty-gritty with a step-by-step summary of exactly how to execute this fundamental task in the real world. The easy-to-follow format will prepare you for probating your first will (or refresh your memory to probate your fiftieth!) within minutes, not hours.