Probate is a court proceeding through which a deceased person’s debts are paid and assets are distributed upon his or her death. Only assets in the decedent’s estate at time of death are assets subject to probate. Assets held in trust, IRAs, profit sharing accounts, life insurance and property held in joint tenancy or tenancy by the entirety are generally not subject to probate.
Estate administration includes the probate process as well as nonprobate transfers of the deceased’s assets. To avoid legal problems during or after probate, it is important to have an experienced probate lawyer guide you through the process.
Many assets can be distributed directly to beneficiaries without the need for probate. Proper estate planning can eliminate the need for probate.
From real estate probate to probate litigation in the courtroom, we apply our expertise to all cases in which clients seek an equitable estate settlement. As part of our usual probate duties, our services include:
- Validating the Will
- Opening an Estate with the Probate Court
- Obtaining Letters Testamentary for the Executor
- Settling Outstanding Debts
- Paying Taxes
- Preparing an Inventory of Assets
- Distributing Remaining Assets to the Beneficiaries on Behalf of the Decedent
- Preparing and Filing the Necessary Paperwork
We understand that estate settlement can be a sensitive, emotionally charged process. Our mission is to bring your case to a successful close while minimizing the stress and burden on you and your family.