Are you familiar with all of your district courts? Your district courts do not only deal with minor civil and criminal issues, there is a wide array of topics that they cover. For example, there is the probate court. The probate court performs many duties of other courts as well as their own. If somebody in your family has passed and there is a will to worry about, other district courts do not usually delve into these issues. The probate court exists for this reason as well as several others. Hopefully you will not need to use a probate court any time in the near future, but unforeseen circumstances do arise. When they do, it is a good idea to be prepared for anything. You should know which of the district courts you will be visiting and what exactly it is that they do. Here are some of the reasons why you may have to visit a probate court. District courts have plenty of purposes, so hopefully this information can provide some clarification.
1. Wills – The probate court deals with taking the will of a recently deceased person and making sure that their assets are distributed to the people named in the actual will. Aside from distribution, these district courts will also make sure that the will provided is legal. If everything checks out and has been done properly, the probate court then goes ahead with the distribution of the assets. District courts such as this one are very important to families that have recently experienced a loss.
2. Deceased without a valid will – If somebody has passed but never put together a valid will, the probate court will handle that issue as well. Since there are laws put into place for situations just like this, these district courts take on the responsibility of splitting the assets and estate evenly among the legal beneficiaries.
3. Family – Not every probate court will deal with these issues but there are several of these district courts that will perform the duties of a family court. Issues such as marriages and adoptions are handled by the probate court, which is not something every one of the other district courts deal with. If in the future you ever think about adopting a child, it is very possible that you will be visiting this type of court.
4. Name – These courts are also visited if somebody would like to legally change their name. Having to go to court may seem a bit excessive, but that is just how things work.
5. Guardianship – This is another situation where a probate court would be used. Sometimes there are a series of events that lead to somebody having to become a juvenile’s guardian. Hopefully this reason is not because of a tragedy, but they do happen.
Learning about all the different types of courts will be very valuable to you at some point in your life. Keep reading and expand your knowledge base.
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