Taking care of a loved one’s estate after he or she passes away usually involves following a relatively standard set of procedures. Sometimes, however, you may run into an issue which can only be resolved by a court. When that happens, you need to initiate an “Estate Proceeding.”
What is an Estate Proceeding?
An Estate Proceeding is a court action concerning the administration, distribution, or settlement of a deceased person’s estate. Along with the Executor, anyone who has an economic interest in the estate may file a petition with the Clerk of Court to initiate an estate proceeding.
The people who are most likely to have a financial interest in an estate are the spouse or children of the deceased, or creditors who believe the deceased owed them money.