When a loved one passes away, it’s typically necessary to determine who will have the legal rights to receive what that loved one owned. The probate process involves court supervision of how a decedent’s assets are distributed.
If the decedent made a will, the person named as the executor should contact a probate attorney as soon as possible, even though it’s a difficult time, to avoid financial loss to the estate due to various rules such as those imposing deadlines for giving certain agencies notice or tax filing deadlines. The assets in a will typically may only be distributed after a court approves that distribution.
Similarly, when someone passes away without will or a trust, that person’s belongings generally may only be distributed after a probate court approves the distribution.
The Law Office of Stephen S. Pearcy handles several different types of probate matters. Our firm is dedicated to helping our clients get through all the legal hurdles necessary to complete the probate process.
Our office handles the following types of probate services:
- Petitions for probate
- Administering a decedent’s estate
- Identifying and distributing assets to beneficiaries
- Lost wills
- The removal of executors and trustees
- Trust administration
- Probate litigation
- Conservatorships and guardianships
- Post-Mortem tax planning