PROBATE PROS
Some reasons why you may wish to probate an estate:

     1. Establish the validity and legal effect of a will with finality;

     2. Determine the heirs of the estate with finality, establishing the individuals entitled
to share assets and all persons entitled to notice;

     3. Terminate all claims against the estate in a relatively short period, eliminating the
uncertainties of unresolved and unpaid claims;  

     4. Simplify procedures for creditors to prove and collect valid claims against the
estate;

     5. Provide full legal authority to a representative to collect and liquidate assets, pay
debts, and make distributions;

     6. Provide full legal authority to a representative to collect disputed claims and
assets and to establish title which might otherwise be in dispute;

     7. Provide full legal authority to a representative to defend claims against the
decedent and the estate;

     8. Provide a simple, expeditious method for transferring title of  or liquidating
decedents’ assets;

     9. Provide a method for perfecting legal title to a decedent’s real estate so that it can
be distributed or liquidated;

     10. Protect the representative for performance of the representative’s
responsibilities;

     11. Assure creditors, heirs, legatees and devisees that they will receive their rightful
share of assets, affording them an opportunity to scrutinize and contest the
representative’s actions;

     12. Provide a method for creditors and beneficiaries to hold the person who takes
decedent’s property to be held accountable;

     13. Provide a method for determining who will represent the estate; and

     14. Grant authority to one person to determine and settle tax liabilities.