Answers To Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
After someone passes away, their estate will go through probate. This is where the court determines whether or not a will is valid. It also identifies all property, pays off any remaining debt and distributes assets to the rightful heirs. This process is known for being confusing and complex. Having a lawyer who understands the law is crucial. At Perry Law Firm, LLC, we have worked with clients throughout Mississippi for 15 years. Our founding attorney, Jane Harris-Perry, got inspired to help others after assisting her own family members. After reading through the list of common questions below, call our office in Gulfport at 228-280-3413 to learn more about how we can help. You can also contact us online.
How long does the probate process take?
It depends on the specifics of your situation and there are a number of factors that can have an influence on timing. However, in general, it usually takes between 4 to 6 months to complete. As your representation, we do everything to keep things moving. We know how time-sensitive some of these matters are.
How quickly do I have to start probate?
Mississippi does not have a statute of limitations, which is uncommon compared to other states. This means that a will can be probated anytime after a person passes away. That being said it is best to do it as soon as possible. Having someone’s assets tied up can bring problems that you haven’t thought of. As your estate planning attorney, it is also best for us to have all of the information we need sooner rather than later. As years go on, it can be more difficult to track things down.
Do I need an attorney when going through this process?
While you may think this is something you can handle on your own, any mistakes that are made can lead to serious issues down the road. Most importantly, state law requires every estate to be represented by a probate lawyer. Our firm is ready and eager to help you through this stage in the legal process.