Probate Research

Written by Jared Vincenti
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When writing your will or otherwise preparing for probate, you will want to be well-informed. Probate laws vary from state to state, sometimes dramatically, and even understanding one state's laws can be complicated. Thankfully, there are a number of resources for you to turn to when doing probate research.

Learning about Probate

The most direct place to go to learn about probate laws is to your state statutes. Many states have their complete set of laws available online, and any library should have a complete set of state lawbooks available in the reference section. However, many people have a hard time reading legal texts, as they can be very dense and complicated.

Thankfully, there are many books that simplify the process. Even though laws vary from state to state, you can find some great resources on probate at your local library or bookstore. These often contain sample wills, as well as explanations of how someone would go about challenging a will.

In the end, though, your best resource is your lawyer. A probate attorney will be the most knowledgeable about your state's probate laws, and will walk you through the process of writing your will. This may be your most expensive option, but it is also the most secure. Even if you do not hire a lawyer to write your will, you can usually make an appointment with a lawyer to get legal advice for a modest fee.

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