Probate and Trust Administration
What is Probate?
The loss of a family member is always difficult, and the prospect of settling an estate often results in anxiety. Probate is the legal process for settling a decedent’s estate so that his or her assets can be transferred to the proper heirs of the estate. Sometimes probate is avoided if the assets were titled in a Revocable Living Trust, but the process of settling the Trust is the same, only without court-supervision. The process in such cases is commonly referred to as Trust Administration.
We advise Personal Representatives and Trustees of estates and trusts of all sizes. We perform all of the necessary steps in the administration of an estate or trust, with such steps including advising the Personal Representatives and Trustees about their fiduciary duties, probating wills, settling creditor claims, preparing asset inventory reports, to effecting a smooth transition in the control of the family business or the family legacy.
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Estate Administration Attorneys:
We are continually adapting new areas of practice as the law, legal landscape and economic conditions continue to evolve. While our firm was formed to focus on estate planning and estate administration, we quickly responded to our clients’ needs to handle business planning, transactions, and litigation matters because our clients wanted to continue working with us relating to other aspects of their lives and businesses. In many firms clients are passed on to other practice groups or referred to other law firms to handle issues outside of the trust and estate area. Our clients wanted to “keep it in the family” where they had developed a sense of trust, so we expanded and now are proud to provide a wide array of related services for our clients.
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