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What Is Probate Administration?

Estate administration involves the gathering of a decedent's assets, paying creditors and distributing the remaining assets according to the decedent's wishes. This process is often referred to as probate. Probate is the court supervised procedure for transferring ownership of an individual's assets after death.

What Is The Purpose Of Probate Administration?

Probate administration is an official process for resolving claims that creditors and others may have against the deceased. This allows the people who receive the deceased's property to have good title, free and clear of claims. The administration process gives parties who believe they should be beneficiaries of the decedent's estate or parties that believe that they have claims against the deceased an opportunity to have their claims heard.

How Is The Probate Process Started?

The Iowa Code specifies who can ask the court to start the administration. An individual typically designates in his or her Will someone with the responsibility to administer the estate. This person in known as the executor of the estate. So when the deceased leaves a will, the person nominated in it to serve as executor may file the original will with the Clerk of Court, along with a petition asking to have the will accepted and an executor appointed. If that person does not start the process, then any other interested person may do so. For example, the family members of the deceased, creditors, and anybody else who is a beneficiary or claims to be a beneficiary, and all parties with sufficient interest to ask for the start of administration.

If the decedent does not have a Will, the assets are distributed according to the Iowa laws of intestacy, and the person appointed with the responsibility to administer the estate is known as the administrator of the estate. When there is no will, the surviving spouse may ask for administration, as well as heirs, creditors, and others who can show good grounds to do so.

We Tailor Our Strategy To Suit Your Needs

My experience allows me to provide effective, efficient services in probate and non-probate estate administration. For many people, probate is a necessary process that must be dealt with in order to wrap up the final affairs of an estate.

However, some people may be able to avoid the probate process. I can analyze your specific situation before and after the death of a family member and advise you on the possibility of transferring property, assets and ownership through non-probate administration. With my knowledge, I can efficiently explore if non-probate options exist. Whenever possible, I strive to simplify and expedite the administration process.

A Trusted Advisor For Estate Administration

Every estate administration situation is unique. We will carefully review your case and help you determine how much assistance is necessary. We welcome the opportunity to answer your questions and recommend an effective course of action during a free consultation. Call Attorney Jeffrey Janssen or Dallas Janssen @ (515) 809-0858 or email @