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Cost of probate on 1100000 most in savings. Chattanooga tn

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cost of probate on(###) ###-#### most in savings
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Customer: chattanooga tn hamilton cnty
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.

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Can you please clarify the situation? What has happened and what are you asking?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
aunt died (###) ###-#### mostly cash left what and how long would this take to probateeeeeee
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
want rough answer
Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.
Thank you. I assume that the cash is in a bank account.
Then probate has to be filed.
When someone passes away, then their estate has to be distributed. The problem is that without probate - with assets such as titled property or bank accounts (those that do not have a pay on death clause) - this is hard to do. This is because you cannot switch over the assets without an order from the probate court, and simply a Certificate of Death will not do. A Certificate of Death simply states that someone has passed on, but does not give you the right to really do anything in the deceased's name.
So one files probate. Once probate is filed, the Executor of the estate gets something called a Letter of Testament/Administration (hereinafter "Letter"). This Letter will allow the Executor to switch over the assets from the deceased individual to whoever will own the property. It is like a "Power of Attorney," but from the Court. Without that Letter, there is no way to transfer titled property and switch the assets into the names of the beneficiaries.
If there was a Will, the beneficiaries are decided per the Will. If there was no will, the beneficiaries are decided by default succession law of the state.
If you need intructions on how to begin the probate process, reply and let me know.
The process normally takes about 4-6 months if the matter is fairly straightforward, but can take longer.
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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
consider it all needing probate
Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.
Did you see my answer above? If not, I can re-post. Let me know.
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Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.
Hello again. This is a courtesy check in to see if you needed anything else in regards ***** ***** question because you never responded or replied positively. I am simply touching base. Let me know. Thanks!
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
i an looking for a rough idea on the apx cost pro
Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.
Ah, okay. Uncontested probate where everyone is on board - about $1,500 to $2,500.
A contested probate where the beneficiaries are fighting over everything - this can be $5,000 to $10,000 or more.
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