Probate and Estate Administration
Probate actually means proving a will. However, probate more commonly refers to the process of administering an estate after someone dies. Whether the estate is testate (with a will) or intestate (without a will), the probate process begins with petitioning the court to have a person appointed as the personal representative of the estate, who then is responsible for gathering the assets, paying outstanding debts or disputing creditor’s claims, paying any inheritance or estate taxes that may be due, and distributing the estate according to the terms of the will or according to the laws of intestate succession where there is no will.
We work side by side with personal representatives, executors, and administrators through the entire estate administration process. We also help heirs and beneficiaries of estates and trusts to ensure that their interests are represented and protected. From small estates to complex contested estates we offer the skills and experience to ensure that every estate is administered both personally and professionally.