What Is Probate?
Probate is the legal procedure in which the validity and authenticity of a will are established. Probate refers to the administration of a deceased person's will or estate without a will. When an asset-holder dies, and there is a will (testate) in place that designates an Executor/Personal Representative, then that person administers the probate process. If there is no will (intestate), then the court appoints an administrator to fulfill this role instead. Asset transfers are the final stage of administration when the Executor/Personal Representative begins to distribute assets to beneficiaries. This includes collecting the decedent's assets to pay off any liabilities that remain on their estate, file and paying taxes, and distributing the assets to beneficiaries.
Let Us Help You Through Probate...
Welcome to St. Louis Probate Services! We are here to assist you in making your life easier and have gathered a team with over 35 years of experience to allow you rapid access to all of the resources essential for completing the probate procedure in the St Louis area.
What our team can help take off your plate...
- Vacant property insurance coverage solutions
- Mobile locksmiths to secure the property
- Do Not Trespass signage to facilitate eviction of unauthorized access
- Free Ownership & Encumbrance Title Report
- Free Property Market Value Analysis (CMA)
- Professional real estate marketing services
- As-Is sale to cash buyer
- Expertise in probate real estate transactions
- Local point of contact for out of town PR’s
- Estate sale resources (on-site or off-site)
- Household liquidation & full or partial buy-outs
- Property clean-outs, hauling & roll-off dumpsters
- Property maintenance & repair contractors
- Hazardous materials clean-up
- Free St Louis customized probate checklist
- Free license to the #1 probate software, EstateExec
- Assisting families and attorneys for over 35 years
Our objective is to assist Personal Representatives and families in the St Louis region deal with the probate process as simply as possible. We look forward to speaking with you personally to discuss your situation and offer you all of the alternatives available to you!
Personal Representative Role & Responsibilities
You have been chosen to be the Personal Representative overseeing your friend or loved one's estate assets. This includes liquidating some or all of those assets, ensuring creditors are paid, and distributing what remains among the heirs.
It's an incredible privilege to be named as the Personal Representative for a friend or family member's probate in St. Louis, but it also comes with a lot of hard work and legal and financial responsibility. It may be a thankless, drawn-out process.
Personal items, such as clothes, furniture, tools, antiques, art, jewelry, guns, pets and more are common in many estates. Many inheritances include a home as well as other types of real estate such as business or commercial property and farmland or ranches.
During the St Louis probate procedure, you may have to deal with financial assets such as bank accounts, investments, bonds, annuities, life insurance policies, precious metals, other collectibles, and more.
There may also be creditors who are owed money from the estate. Items like mortgage payments, property taxes, water bills & HOA dues still have to be paid, which, if ignored could result in foreclosure of a property. It can be overwhelming and we understand how tough this time might be for you. Probate filing doesn't have to add any more stress to your life--that's why our team is here to help if you are required to file probate in St Louis.
The probate process in St Louis covers all of these issues, as well as your obligation as a fiduciary to see that the estate is handled correctly.
What Can We Take Off Your Plate?
We will devote every effort to ensure that you are fully informed and comfortable with the process of your estate's finalization. We'll start by asking you what goals you have for all of the personal property and real property in the estate. We'll go through a comprehensive questionnaire and checklist covering all of the property, as well as any obligations connected with it.
At St Louis Probate Services, we take the time to listen to what you have to say so that we can suggest solutions and options based on facts. Each estate is unique depending on the type of assets involved, the creditors, if any and the number of heirs involved. Your loved one worked hard to build up the assets within the estate, and we take our responsibility in managing those assets very seriously.
We have designed a detailed system to assist Personal Representatives with every aspect of the probate process in St. Louis, from personal belongings to real estate property. We strongly believe that by working together we can help make the probate process much less stressful for you and your family members. It would be our pleasure to serve you and your loved ones!
Please call Terry Peterson at (314) 926-1980 or complete info below and tell us about your situation and we will provide you with a Free customized St Louis Probate Checklist and answer any questions that you have. Should you decide to move forward with our help we'll provide you with the number one probate management software, EstateExec, free of charge. Click the button below for a tour of this amazing software. We look forward to hearing from you!