ANDREW T. "CHIP' RICHARDSON, III, ESQ., is the principal attorney with The Richardson Firm, PC.
ASKED & ANSWERED
Q: My father had a will, so does that mean I can skip the probate process?
A: The answer to this question might have to be modified depending upon the state you are in. Therefore, seek local counsel. However, a will, in and of itself, does not necessarily mean that you avoid probate. In fact, there are statutes that require that a will be "admitted to probate" within a certain period of time after a person has been deceased.
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