Is Probate Necessary if Your Spouse Dies?

Were you recently widowed and wondering is probate necessary if your spouse dies? Watch this video and then give our Buffalo elder law attorney a call.

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Recently widowed women come into our office and want to know what’s necessary regarding their husband’s estates. In most cases, nothing is necessary because everything is jointly owned or the spouse is listed as a beneficiary on an IRA or life insurance. Occasionally, there are some assets – such as bank accounts or houses – that are just in the deceased spouse’s name which will require probate. Also, one effective way of transferring assets without probate is that a surviving spouse can transfer one motor vehicle, worth up to $25,000, without going to court, by merely going to the DMV and presenting the death certificate.

The experienced Buffalo Lawyers of Friedman & Ranzenhofer, PC provide dedicated and knowledgeable legal representation to Western New York residents.  If we can be of any service, contact us at one of our seven locations.

Attorney Robert Friedman is a partner with Friedman & Ranzenhofer and has achieved the rating of superb on Avvo.