PROBATE TABLE
OF
CONTENTS
I. What Is Probate?

Definition of probate and general discussion

A.
Probate Checklist

   A resource for persons who may be charged with responsibility for a decedent's estate

  1.
Locating Heirs and Beneficiaries

    Problems you may encounter trying to locate heirs and beneficiaries and a
    checklist of steps you might take

   2.
About Probating A Will

                 Many clients erroneously believe that they can avoid probate by executing a will

   3.
E-mail
                 
                 A discussion of potential issues pertaining to a decedent's e-mail

B.
Do You Need Probate?

   1. Probate Pros

       Advantages of probating your estate

   2.
Probate Cons

        Disadvantages of probating your estate

C.
General Statement of Probate Cost (without complications)

   Estimate of costs of a simple probate

II.  
Probate Types

A schedule of the various forms of probate

A. Small Estates

 1.
Small Estate Affidavits

 2. Summary Administration

B. Independent Executor

C. Supervised Executor

D. Administrator To Collect

E. Supervised Administrator

F. Independent Administrator

G. Successive Administrator

H. Administrator With Will Annexed

I.  Successive Administrator With Will Annexed

III. Probate Procedures

A. Bonds

IV. Probate Litigation

A. Disputes Regarding Representative

B.
Will Contests

   1.  Improper Execution or Lack of Formalities

   2.
Lack of Capacity

   3. Undue Influence

C. Breach of Fiduciary Duties

D. Claims

V. Closing the Estate
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