Carrying out the terms of a will isn’t always a straightforward process. In Arkansas, most wills must go through probate before the assets in an estate can be distributed. This process typically takes between six to nine months to complete, but this period varies depending on the specific circumstances surrounding each case. If you’ve recently lost a loved one, you need to understand what to expect when their will goes through probate.
What Is the Probate Process in Arkansas?
1. A personal representative is appointed.
A family member or interested person can petition the Probate Division to appoint a personal representative. Once the court makes the appointment, that person carries out the probate process and the will’s terms. Personal representatives can authorize attorneys to represent them and accept notices from the court.
2. The will must be proved.
For a will to be accepted in Arkansas, it must be signed in front of two witnesses. Those two witnesses must also sign the document. The author of the will must also meet several conditions for the document to be accepted in probate: the author must be at least 18 years old, possess sound mental faculties, and not appear to have signed under duress.
3. The personal representative takes inventory and distributes estate assets.
The personal representative takes an inventory of the deceased person’s assets and debts that pass through probate. Then, they submit to the court a list that includes every item of the estate and its fair market value. Next, the personal representative distributes the property under the will terms. If any listed property is not mentioned in the will, the representative distributes it according to state law.
If your loved one’s will goes through probate in Arkansas and you need help navigating the process, contact the legal team at the Estate & Elder Law Planning Center in Baxter County. This law firm offers compassionate representation and reliable counsel, and they know how to expedite the probate period as effectively as possible. To learn more about their estate law services, visit their website. To schedule an initial consultation or educational seminar, call (870) 425-2460 today.