Trust & Probate Administration
Navigating the Process for You
If you are about to become the personal representative of a probate estate or the next trustee of a trust, you will be faced with a number of legal responsibilities that you did not know were coming. At a time when you are grieving the loss of a loved one, you shouldn’t be burdened with figuring out court rules and probate laws. Our compassionate guidance will make this process smoother and easier for you. Take care of your family while you let us navigate the way for you.
We help clients with estates of all sizes. Whether your loved one passed away with $500 or $5,000,000, we can help.
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We have developed ways to make the trust and probate administration process less stressful for you. Here is what makes us different from other law firms.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is probate?
Generally when someone dies as the only owner of an asset, someone else will need to step in with legal authority to transfer that asset to the heirs. That’s where probate court comes in. The probate court will appoint a personal representative (formerly called an executor), who is given legal authority to handle the final affairs. This process can take as little as five months, but usually takes a year or more.
What are the duties of a personal representative?
- In short, the duties of a personal representative are as follows:
- Gathering, taking control of, and preserving estate assets
- Managing and investing the assets
- Planning for taxes, claims, expenses, allowances and distributions
- Handling creditor claims
- Filing income tax returns
- Keeping the heirs and beneficiaries informed of the estate
- Preparing accounts of all estate transactions
- Settling and distributing the estate as expeditiously as possible
What does probate cost?
Due to the many factors involved in a trust or probate administration, it is very difficult to predict the time commitment required to complete each matter. As a result, we handle probate and trust administration matters on an hourly rate basis.