Probate & Estate Administration
Our firm has years of experience in drafting Wills and other estate planning instruments as well as guiding families through the trying and difficult process of winding up the affairs of deceased loved ones. Peace of mind comes through advanced planning to insure future generations are protected.
The length of time needed to complete the probate of an estate depends on the size and complexity of the estate and the local rules and schedule of the probate court.
The probate process for each estate is unique, but usually involves the following steps:
Filing of a petition with the proper probate court.
Notice to heirs under the will or to statutory heirs (if no will exists).
Petition to appoint Executor (in the case of a will) or Administrator for the estate.
Inventory and appraisal of estate assets by Executor/Administrator.
Payment of estate debt to rightful creditors.
Sale of estate assets.
Payment of estate taxes, if applicable.
Final distribution of assets to heirs.
Hillen, Wicker & Tapscott is located in Tupelo, MS, and serves all of MS including Lee County, Pontotoc County, Itawamba County, Union County, Columbus, Starkville, Corinth, Grenada, Southaven, Clarksdale, Greenville, Hernando, New Albany, Aberdeen, and Jackson.