What Probate Courts Do Many people are unaware of probate courts and what they do. If you've begun your estate planning efforts, you may know that probate courts are responsible for supervising the estate administration process, even though they also do a lot more. Though each state court has different responsibilities, let's take a look at some of the more common matters that probate courts handle. Names, Marriages, Births Whenever you get married, or want to change your name, you'll probably have to deal with the probate court. Probate courts are often responsible for issuing birth certificates, correcting erroneous information on official documents, as well as issuing marriage certificates and change of name declarations. For example, if your child's birth certificate has an error, you can ask a probate court judge to correct the error and issue a new birth certificate. Adoptions Some states have given probate court’s jurisdiction over adoptions. The entire adoption process is often supervised by a probate court judge and adoptions are not formally finalized until a judge has agreed to granting parental rights to the adoptive parents. Trusts Any time a person uses a will to create a trust, known as a testamentary trust, it is up to a probate court to ensure that the trust terms are followed. The probate court will often require the trustee of a testamentary trust to submit periodic reports. The court may also deal with questions about inter vivos trusts, also known as living trusts. Unlike testamentary trusts, living trusts are created during the lifetime of the person who created the trust. Experienced estate planning attorneys Port St. Lucie FL of the Robert J. Kulas, P.A. offers estate planning and business planning resources to residents of Port St. Lucie FL. To learn more about these free resources, please visit www.kulaslaw.com/ today.
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