Probate and Trust Administration
Probate involves the court-supervised administration of a person’s estate left with or without a will. If there is no will, the court will appoint a personal representative to oversee the distribution of the decedent’s property via intestate succession laws. If there is a will, the person named as executor will have many responsibilities to fulfill and all the procedures are governed by state law and will involve an attorney.
Trust administration involves the same duties, but since there is no court involvement it’s much easier to accomplish, there are no lengthy “wait times” for court hearings and costs involved with filing documents, no statutory fees, and total privacy because of the lack of court documents, which are open to the public.
In both instances – probate and trust administration – we hold your hand through the process and explain each step, we help you acquire the assistance of professionals, as needed. For example, appraisers for real and personal property, assistance with cleaning out a house to prepare it for sale, financial advisers, care managers if needed, etc. All this is done in an effort to make the process as easy and stress-free for you as possible.