Probate is the process which transfers a deceased person’s property to those who are entitled to it, but only after the rights of all interested parties are protected, creditor’s claims are paid and taxes are determined and paid.  Property subject to a probate proceeding would include all solely owned assets that require assignment or transfer to those heirs or beneficiaries entitled to it by the Last Will and Testament of the decedent, or by intestate succession as outlined in the Wisconsin Statutes if the decedent did not have a Will.

Any property that was jointly owned with another individual or other individuals, or property that already has named beneficiaries (such as life insurance, annuity accounts, bank accounts, etc.) is not subject to administration through a probate action and can simply be transferred at the time of death without a probate proceeding.

*NOTICE* The Register in Probate will be out of the office from April 23-May 3, 2010. During her absence, the office will not be staffed. Please call after May 3rd to schedule a time to come in if necessary.

The Register in Probate will be out of the office May 19-21, 2010, for the Wisconsin Registers in Probate Association Education Training Conference as well. The office will not be staffed during this time as well.

The Register in Probate regrets any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you.