Estate Planning Attorneys · FAQs – Estate Planning
What is the probate process like in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, the probate process is relatively cheap, quick, and simple if the decedent left an original signed and witnessed Will when they passed away. In this case, a few simple documents and a processing fee are the only things necessary to probate the will. If you have questions about how to probate a Will in New Jersey, please contact one of the Toms River attorneys at Costanzo & Russom Law Group.
If only a copy of the decedent’s signed and witnessed Last Will and Testament can be found, court proceedings will be necessary to try to have the Will admitted to probate and an executor appointed. This is much more expensive and complicated than simply probating an original Will, and illustrates the importance of keeping an original Will in a safe place. If you need help probating a copy of a Will in New Jersey, please contact one of the Toms River attorneys at Costanzo & Russom Law Group.
If the decedent did not have a Will, the estate will have to go through the more expensive and time-consuming process of administration so that an administrator can be appointed and Letters of Administration issued. Letters of Administration are necessary if the decedent’s probate assets are to be sold, transferred, or liquidated. If you need to open administration proceedings in New Jersey, please contact one of the Toms River attorneys at Costanzo & Russom Law Group.
NOTE: This page is for general information only and is not to be solely relied upon. If you have questions regarding the New Jersey probate process, contact a Toms River attorney at Costanzo & Russom Law Group today!