When a person dies, their heirs must often go through probate administration, which is a process overseen by a judge in probate court. Effective estate planning can often avoid the need for complex and expensive estate administration by using trusts to protect assets. Estate contests involving will and trust litigation are also resolved in probate court. Although most wealth preservation takes place prior to death, our background in civil litigation and debt defense allows us to uniquely defend the estate from creditors’ claims. The court will appoint a personal representative (f/k/a Executor) to locate each beneficiary, collect the decedent’s assets, address liabilities, pay necessary taxes, and distribute the inheritance to the heirs.
As a family owned and operated law firm, we understand complex family relationships and the legal problems that come with them. It is from our own personal experiences that we can confidently help you through this difficult time.