Probate is the legal process where the personal representative (executor or administrator) of an estate goes before a court to administer the estate and ultimately distribute its assets. The personal representative is charged with identifying and cataloging all estate assets. All estate assets are thereafter appraised by a Probate Referee. Any liabilities of the estate, as well as any federal, state, or local taxes also need to be considered and either accepted and paid, or rejected. The personal representative also needs to present to the court the decedent’s will, and demonstrate that the document is valid. In short, it is no easy task and highly procedural. Any mistakes in the process or many filings, however minor, can cause delay. The longer the estate takes to administer, the longer the heirs need to wait for closure.
Klinedinst attorneys counsel family members, creditors, and professional fiduciaries on administering a decedent’s estate. Our attorneys provide a wide variety of services, including:
- Petitions for Probate
- Assistance with Property Distribution
- Spousal Property Petitions
- Property Claims (850 Petitions)
- Transfers of Real Property and Personal Property
Sometimes the administration of probate comes with its own set of challenges and disputes. With Klinedinst’s decades of experience in multi-forum complex litigation matters, our attorneys are adept at handling challenging administration obstacles such as those involving foreclosures, evictions, and reverse mortgages.