Guide to wills, estates, and probate court
Having a loved one in the hospital, or losing a loved one is a sad and difficult time for family, relatives, and friends. There may be questions about how medical decisions are made if the loved one can no longer make their own decisions. If someone passes, those left behind must often figure out how to transfer or inherit property.
This Guide has information to help you create the legal documents you or a loved one may need to have a plan if you become sick, and information about what happens to someone's property (the person's estate) after they die.
Choose a topic to get information, forms, or step-by-step instructions
Wills, estates, and advance care planning
Get basic information and links to sample legal documents (like a will or a power of attorney) to have a plan if you or someone you love becomes sick or dies.
Property after someone dies
Get basic information about what happens to someone's property when they die, including transferring property with or without going to probate court.