Losing a loved one can be devastating, and it can be even more complicated and difficult by legal paperwork. A probate administration will be required to identify and notify creditors, handle any claims of creditors, secure estate assets, distribute estate assets to beneficiaries, file tax returns, and otherwise handle any estate matters if the decedent owned assets (or was entitled to assets) in his or her name. For example, if a person dies (the decedent) and that decedent owns a home in his or her name (without a joint owner), that home will need to be included in a probate estate in order to clear title to the home before it can be sold. Certain types of assets, such as life insurance policies, IRAs, and 401ks, often list beneficiaries. Accordingly, those assets would not be subject to probate, assuming there are valid beneficiary designations in place, and those beneficiaries are still alive at the time of the decedent’s death.