What Is the Uniform Probate Code?

Estate matters are handled by the probate court. This court is charged with the responsibility of supervising the administration of an estate when certain circumstances exist. Probate laws vary state-by-state, and back in the 1960s, the powers that be decided that there should be a code that could be followed in all 50 states. Sometimes the probate process can be complicated. The American Bar Association partnered with the  National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) to streamline the process through the creation of a uniform set of laws that would be adopted across the country. They began drafting the document that would become the Uniform Probate Code in 1964, and the final version of the document was completed in 1969. For better or for worse, the ultimate goal was never realized. The Uniform Probate Code was never adopted in every state. In fact, only 16 states have adopted the entirety of the Uniform Probate Code to date. However, most states are using s


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