Probate and Estate Administration
Dealing with Probate and Estate Administration issues following the loss of a loved one can be challenging and stressful. At the Blair Law Firm we walk clients through the process step by step. Generally, that begins with an in-person meeting to determine what assets remain, who are the proper beneficiaries of those assets, and what steps must be taken to transfer legal title.
Often, in order to properly transfer the assets of the lost loved one, it is necessary to probate that person's will in Court in the County where they lived. When no will can be located, it may necessary to begin an intestate administration of the estate in Court. If the property was held in Trust then we walk clients through the necessary steps of administering the trust or ensuring that their rights as a beneficiary are honored.
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In some cases we may determine that formal probate administration with a Court is not necessary. Assets may pass outside of probate, particularly where the owner designated beneficiaries in the ownership documents. Some examples of property that may pass outside of probate include land, bank accounts, investment accounts, retirement accounts, and life insurance policies. Even with these assets, however, our assistance is often needed to collect the asset or properly transfer title.
Another area in which clients often need assistance after the loss of a loved one is dealing with the debts and creditors of the loved one. Our office assists client in determining what legal notices must given to creditors and what debts must be paid and from which assets.