“Tied up in probate.” Even if you’ve never dealt with the court system, you’ve probably heard someone use that phrase, either in real life or in a movie or on TV. But what does that phrase mean? To answer that, let’s look at what probate itself is all about.
In the early 1850s, Charles Dickens published his popular serialized novel Bleak House, which deals with the British court system. At the center of the book is a court case called Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, a battle over an inheritance that drags on over several generations. Dickens used the plot to satirize the court system of […]