Probate is the legal process of managing the estate of a deceased person by settling all claims and distributing the decedent’s personal property under their Last Will & Testament. Montana law provides that a probate generally occurs when a decedent has more than $50,000 in assets in his or her sole name. A common way to avoid a probate is through the establishment of a living trust and the transfer to the trust, while you are alive, of substantially all of your assets. Goodrich & Reely, PLLC can assist you with setting up those trusts. There are many other ways to avoid probate through asset ownerships, beneficiary designations and the creation of one or more business entities. We assist our clients in preparing and filing all of the necessary paperwork within the mandatory timeframe to avoid any setbacks or delays which prolong the probate process, which is usually very straightforward in Montana. The individual with the primary responsibility in a probate case is the Personal Representative. Our staff works closely with the Personal Representative to ensure the probate administration is done in a timely manner in accordance with Montana law.