Probate is the court-supervised administration of a decedent’s estate. When an individual passes away, the personal representative handles the transition of their assets and pays any debts and taxes. The Executor is the personal representative named in a Last Will and Testament. If the decedent did not have a Last Will, the Iowa Code determines who the personal representative will be.

If the decedent had a revocable Trust, it is possible to avoid probate entirely.

Probate also refers to guardianships and conservatorships. An individual who is a minor or who is incapacitated may need to have a court-supervised relationship established so that another person can assist with medical and financial needs.

The attorneys at Abendroth Russell Barnett Law Firm can represent you in court for all of your probate matters.