As Probate and Trust Administration attorneys, we focus on assisting our clients through the complex legal procedures required to transfer a person’s assets after their death.
What is probate?
Probate is a court-supervised procedure for transferring ownership of an individual’s assets after they die. The probate process authenticates the individual’s will and directs the distribution of any property to pay off debts and to any beneficiaries. If the individual died without a will then that individual’s estate may still have to pass through probate.
Should I hire an attorney to handle probate?
The “executor” or “personal representative” of a deceased’s will or estate may want to seek professional legal advice related to the complex probate process. The personal representative is free to hire any attorney of choice; this need not be the lawyer who drafted the will.
For formal or informal probate proceedings, a lawyer can represent the estate’s personal representative through the court process, including at any court appearances.
What is Trust Administration?
After the creator or “grantor” of a trust dies, the person who has been appointed as trustee must administer the trust by managing the trust assets and distributing them to the beneficiaries according to the Trust agreement.
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