Protecting Your Loved Ones Preserving Your Assets

South Dakota Probate Lawyer

Protect More of Your Family’s Assets

When you pass away, a necessary step in the process of distributing your estate is the probate process. It can be very difficult to understand, which is why an attorney can make everything happen much more quickly. There is some property that can be protected from probate to prevent it from being used to pay off debts or taxes. The South Dakota probate lawyer at Aspen Legacy Planning can help you learn more about how to protect more of your family’s belongings. Call today and schedule your free consultation to get started.

Learn more about probate in South Dakota. Dial (605) 610-4016 now and schedule your free consultation with Aspen Legacy Planning.

Steps Involved in Probate

What isn’t protected in an estate or declared in a will could be subject to probate. The more you can protect from probate, the more likely your estate will be able to serve your loved ones for years to come. If a will is in place at the time of your passing, the executor you named will primarily handle the administration. If there is no will in place, the probate court will have to designate an administrator.

During probate:

  • The property belonging to the deceased benefactor is investigated and cataloged (and cannot yet be sold)
  • The value of the assets is evaluated
  • Taxes and debts must be paid
  • The property is given to the specific benefactors if there is a will
  • The assets are assigned pursuant to the state's laws in the absence of a will

Some property that is excluded from probate includes:

  • Life insurance policies with a beneficiary already named
  • Bank accounts that are already contractually assigned to an individual
  • Real estate owned by two people with specific legal rights
  • Assets included in a living trust

The probate process can seem very burdensome, which is why it helps to consult a professional who has seen the landscape of estate planning change and grow over the decades.

Attorney for Probate in South Dakota

At Aspen Legacy Planning, Attorney Stephen J. Wesolick uses his 25+ years of knowledge in practice to help you develop a probate plan that saves precious time and reduces future frustration for your loved ones.

Let us help you with the probate process. Reach out to our South Dakota law office today at (605) 610-4016 or by contacting us online.

  • No-Obligation Consultations

    We offer no-obligation in-person, telephone and video-conference consultations for your convenience.

  • 25+ Years of Legal Experience

    Our attorney has extensive experience in complex business, commercial and family legal issues.

  • Relationship Focused Services

    As your attorney and counselor, we put your interests first - treating you with respect, honesty and dignity.

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