What is Probate?

Many times, the person named as Personal Representative (Executor) or Trustee by a deceased family member or close friend needs assistance in performing their duties. The staff at James J. Raffa, PLLC will provide the level of support and guidance that is desired and needed.

We understand that administering an estate, or acting as a Trustee, after a loved one passes can be a very stressful and challenging time for many people. This legal process is foreign to most people. James J. Raffa, PLLC’s staff can provide you with the help to lift that burden from you.

Probate is the Court process used to distribute the estate of the deceased.

The probate process consists of:


  • Filing a petition with the court
  • Appointing a personal representative
  • Paying off debts
  • Filing an inventory of the estate
  • Distributing assets
  • Closing the probate.

How long the probate process can last is dependent upon the type and size of the estate’s assets, how well the estate planning was performed, and whether the heirs choose to challenge the deceased person’s wishes conveyed and contained in the Will, Trust, or other estate planning documents. If a Probate is necessary, our staff can guide you each step of the way and help make an emotionally stressful situation a little less difficult.

Call James J. Raffa, PLLC today and we will explain how we can assist you in your duties as Personal Representative or Trustee.

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