must a will go through probate? Is an attorney necessary?

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must a will go through probate? Is an attorney necessary?

two identical, notarized wills naming executor as sole inheritor

Asked on June 9, 2019 under Estate Planning, Mississippi

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

1) Yes, a will must go through probate. Probate is the process that enforces the will and allows the transfer of the assets from the deceased's estate to the beneficiary.
2) A lawyer is clearly helpful, but is not required; the executor may probate the will him/herself.


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