Estate Administration And Probate
Lift the burden of administering a loved one’s estate.
Handling your loved one's estate and probate tasks can be overwhelming.
Gain confidence and clarity in this difficult time.
One of the worst parts of life is losing a loved one.
Unfortunately, family members are additionally burdened by the daunting task of administering their loved one’s estate. Trying to figure out what legally happens after a loved one dies can be confusing and even complicated in some situations. However, it does not have to be this way. As an estate administration and probate attorney, I can help walk you through the process.
Understanding Estate Administration. Estate Administration means handling the affairs of a person after they die. This can include paying their debts, filing their final tax returns, and distributing property to their heirs and beneficiaries. It can be challenging knowing where to start and what needs to be done. Before starting the estate administration process, you should meet with an attorney so they can help determine the simplest, most cost effective way to administer the estate.
How an Attorney Can Help with Probate. First and foremost, a probate attorney can help determine the quickest, easiest, and most cost efficient way to handle the estate. To accomplish this, the attorney will help you with:
- Understanding the will or trust document
- Understanding the laws for when there is no will or trust
- Determining if anything needs to be filed with the probate court
- Filing at the probate court to begin the process
- Listing everything the deceased owned and file with the probate court
- Determining what debts or taxes must be paid
- Distributing the remaining assets accordingly
- The final account of any income or expense earned with the probate court
- Closing the estate
The estate administration process, including how long it takes, who pays for it, and what forms to fill out can feel overwhelming. I am here to help.
Have you lost a loved one and are not sure of the legal process that follows? Have you named an administrator or executor of an estate and are unsure of the process? Reach out to Zachary A. Cooper Law for guidance!