Estate Administration or Probate is the process of administering the estate or trust of a person upon their death. The complexity of an estate depends on the assets owned by the decedent. Our attorneys advise personal representatives, also known as executors, and trustees on all aspects of estate and trust administration, including the court-supervised administration of a decedent's estate known as "probate." Our attorneys work with Personal Representatives to ensure that all necessary documents are properly filed with the Register of Wills, appropriate notices are published, required taxes and filing fees are paid, accountings are completed and distributions are made in a timely manner. An Estate paralegal is utilized to help minimize the legal fees incurred by the estate whenever possible.
Every family or business situation is unique and our multiple specialty areas allow us to better prepare you for possible issues, therefore making certain your wishes are honored, your family taken care of and keeping families “whole”. Formalizing the details of your wishes minimizes the likelihood of arguments among your survivors.
In addition, the firm also has vast experience in representing beneficiaries, executors and trustees in probate and trust litigation. While we generally seek to avoid the expense and delays involved in litigation whenever possible, our attorneys have considerable experience in handling estate administration controversies such as will disputes or alleged breaches of fiduciary duties.