Mazomanie, WI asked in Estate Planning for Wisconsin

Q: What is the difference between formal and informal administration of an estate?

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Peter Navis
Peter Navis
  • Elkhorn, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: The primary distinction is that formal administration is overseen by a judge whereas informal administration is overseen by the Register in Probate. If there are going to be issues that must be decided by a judge (contested will provision, for example), then formal administration is the way to go. The cost of the probate will likely be less in informal administration. There are other differences that an attorney who is retained would be able to more fully address.

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