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TESTATE (with a Last Will & Testament)

In Kentucky, a testate probate proceeding takes place in the District Court located in the county where the deceased resided, wherein the Last Will and Testament is presented to the Court. The Last Will and Testament has no power or authority until it has been validated by the Probate Court. Once probate begins, the estate must remain open for a minimum of six months under Kentucky law before any distributions to heirs can take place. This period of time is required in order to allow anyone who may be a creditor to file a proof of claim against the estate. All assets in the deceased individual’s sole name will be part of the probate. Examples of some assets that are required to pass through probate are:

  • Real Estate

  • Bank Accounts (checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit)

  • Investments (stocks, mutual funds, annuities)

  • Automobiles

  •  Boats

  •  RVs

  • Motorcycles

  • Retirement Accounts (401(k), 403(b), IRA, Roth IRA, SEP IRA)

  • Collections (artwork, coins, stamps and comic books)

  • Firearms

  • Furniture

  •  Jewelry

There are also multiple steps and timelines the Executor will face during the probate process, which we can help assist to make the process easier.

Some Last Will and Testaments incorporate a Trust referred to as a Trust Under Last Will and Testament. This may require additional steps or duties to be taken during the administration of the estate by the Executor.

If you have been named as the Executor of an estate for a deceased individual who resided in Kentucky, but you do not reside in Kentucky, you need to have a knowledgeable and experienced legal team like Stone Legal Group, PLLC who can make the process easy and convenient for you. We can handle most matters, including court appearances, without the need for you to travel to Kentucky. We have vast experience working with out-of-state clients in probate matters and have streamlined the process for same.

There are many steps required at the local, state and possibly federal level that must be timely completed in order to properly settle one’s estate and distribute the assets according to the deceased’s wishes in their Last Will and Testament. No two estates are alike. Unfortunately, at some point in your life you will probably deal with the death of a spouse, family member, significant other or friend. Thus, they may have an estate that will need to be administered. If serving as the Executor of an estate is overwhelming, Stone Legal Group, PLLC can take on as many or all of those duties as you wish. Our goal is to make the probate administration process as stress free as possible, no matter what the circumstances.

TESTATE (with a Last Will & Testament)

In Kentucky, a testate probate proceeding takes place in the District Court located in the county where the deceased resided, wherein the Last Will and Testament is presented to the Court. The Last Will and Testament has no power or authority until it has been validated by the Probate Court. Once probate begins, the estate must remain open for a minimum of six months under Kentucky law before any distributions to heirs can take place. This period of time is required in order to allow anyone who may be a creditor to file a proof of claim against the estate. All assets in the deceased individual’s sole name will be part of the probate. Examples of some assets that are required to pass through probate are:

  • Real Estate

  • Bank Accounts (checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit)

  • Investments (stocks, mutual funds, annuities)

  • Automobiles

  •  Boats

  •  RVs

  • Motorcycles

  • Retirement Accounts (401(k), 403(b), IRA, Roth IRA, SEP IRA)

  • Collections (artwork, coins, stamps and comic books)

  • Firearms

  • Furniture

  •  Jewelry

There are also multiple steps and timelines the Executor will face during the probate process, which we can help assist to make the process easier.

Some Last Will and Testaments incorporate a Trust referred to as a Trust Under Last Will and Testament. This may require additional steps or duties to be taken during the administration of the estate by the Executor.

If you have been named as the Executor of an estate for a deceased individual who resided in Kentucky, but you do not reside in Kentucky, you need to have a knowledgeable and experienced legal team like Stone Legal Group, PLLC who can make the process easy and convenient for you. We can handle most matters, including court appearances, without the need for you to travel to Kentucky. We have vast experience working with out-of-state clients in probate matters and have streamlined the process for same.

There are many steps required at the local, state and possibly federal level that must be timely completed in order to properly settle one’s estate and distribute the assets according to the deceased’s wishes in their Last Will and Testament. No two estates are alike. Unfortunately, at some point in your life you will probably deal with the death of a spouse, family member, significant other or friend. Thus, they may have an estate that will need to be administered. If serving as the Executor of an estate is overwhelming, Stone Legal Group, PLLC can take on as many or all of those duties as you wish. Our goal is to make the probate administration process as stress free as possible, no matter what the circumstances.

The information on this website is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice.

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