Estate Administration / Probate

When an individual dies owning property in his or her name alone, that property generally must go through probate. Probate is a legal procedure that establishes ownership of property in others. An attorney who is competent and experienced in probate and estate administration can facilitate this process in a timely and effective manner.

Types of estate planning

A will is a legal document specifying how a person’s property and assets will be administered and distributed after death. A will can appoint a guardian of assets, can leave funds to a church, a charity, a community foundation or a private foundation, and can appoint a personal representative who will file your final income tax return and oversee the administration of the estate. Without a will, state law determines how property will be distributed and who will serve as personal representative. Properly created, a will may help minimize or eliminate federal estate taxes.