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Beneficiaries and Personal Representive

I am named as the personal representative and only beneficiaries in the will so would it still have to go threw probate? There is real property involed.

Asked on October 6, 2017 under Estate Planning, Washington

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it still has to go through probate: probate is the process which will result in the title being legally transferred to your name (as well as you getting ownership of any assets or personal property). It should be a very straightforward probate, since there is no one else involved--when my father passed, I was his only child and only heir as well as personal representative; while the process took around 8, 9 months plus paperwork, there were no hitches or problems--but you still need to go through the process to transfer title, even if there will be no challenges or disputes.


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