If you are like most people you probably are unfamiliar with probate in general, let alone the difference between independent and dependent estate administration. In general, more court oversight is required in dependent estate administration. It is important, however, to further understand what distinguishes these two options and the requirements of each. This is particularly true if you are the executor of an estate.
The situation often goes something like this: After a loved one passes away, his or her family members are surprised to learn of a last-minute change in the will. Large sums of money or property were left to a single person. The change just doesn't seem in line with your loved one's intentions. Suspicions build, and you start to wonder whether the recipient twisted your loved one's arm.