my mother passed away in march, she was married but seperated not legally. My dads name was on her estate and bank account. But she had no will. She has telephone shares that are only in her name and the court house said that we have to go to probate. how does this process work? I am trying to get her advance directives that she had put me in charge of her medical decisions, I am not sure what to do. Should I go through the informal administration process? and be in charge of her estate how do I do this process?
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Probate is a slow and confusing process, so you will probably need a lawyer. Even informal proceedings are no picnic. If the estate is small, there are summary assignment procedures, but even these can be tricky and paper heavy.
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