After the death of a loved one, typically it is advisable to meet with an attorney to see if any legal work needs to be completed. In general, estate administration is the legal process of gathering the assets of a deceased person, paying that person’s debts and taxes, and distributing the remaining assets as prescribed by law.
Probate is the court-supervised process of estate administration. Some estates are probated; others are not. Having a Will does not mean your estate must be probated. An attorney can help you determine whether an estate should be probated. Under certain circumstances, an estate will need to be probated in more than one state. (This is merely general information and is not legal advice.)
Our firm guides the decedent’s representative (for example, the executor) through the process of probate, non-litigation estate administration, the preparation and filing of inheritance tax returns, and asset distribution after the death of a loved one.