If you are an executor of an estate, you may want to seek the assistance of a probate and estate administration attorney. A probate and estate administration attorney can guide you through court processes and handle debt payment, succession issues and distribution of property as specified in the deceased person’s estate plan or will.
At MPL Law, our probate and estate administration attorneys help administrators and executors settle estates as quickly and efficiently as possible. Whatever your circumstances, our Pennsylvania attorneys can make the legal process easy for you. We will strive to develop a close relationship with you and work closely with you to find a solution.
What Is Probate?
Formal probate is the process that is used to administer the estate of a person who died with or without a will. If the individual died with a will, probate may involve proving that the will is valid, paying applicable taxes and executing the deceased individual’s instructions.
You may be able to make the probate process simpler for your loved ones after you are gone by writing a will. Your will states who will inherit your assets and property, who will carry out your wishes as specified in your will and who you have designated to care for your minor children if both you and your spouse die. The parties involved in the probate process include:
- Executor: The executor is in charge of carrying out the will’s instructions. This person may also be referred to as the personal representative.
- Decedent: The decedent is the deceased individual whose estate is going through the probate process.
- Administrator: If an individual dies without a will, an executor will be appointed by the court. This executor is known as the administrator.
If an individual dies with a trust, the probate process may be minimized. However, other estate administration steps, such as preparing and filing Pennsylvania inheritance tax returns and federal estate tax returns, are still necessary.
Distributing the Estate
As the executor, you are responsible for distributing the estate. Review the will carefully to ensure you distribute the decedent’s assets as they have requested. Before distributing property, you should ensure it was still owned by the decedent at the time of death and that each of the beneficiaries is still alive. You should also review whether the decedent stated how taxes, expenses and debts are to be paid.
If you are uncertain how to distribute the estate or you want assistance, you may want to hire a probate and estate administration attorney.
Why Choose MPL Law
With years of experience and a well-known reputation in this area, the attorneys at MPL Law understand and appreciate the emotions and difficult circumstances that often surround probate and estate administration. We also know how important it is for individuals to take the time necessary to spend with family after the loss of a loved one.
When you work with us, you can be assured that we will handle all of the legal details involved with the estate and that they will be handled expertly and with the compassion you deserve at such a difficult time.
Our lawyers will work through any challenges that may arise as we strive to see that your loved one’s affairs are resolved in the manner he or she has chosen. We will handle every aspect of the estate administration process, from reviewing the will to the closure of the estate, and you can be confident that nothing will be overlooked.
We bill on an hourly — not percentage — basis. Many law firms that handle probate and estate administration in central Pennsylvania charge fees on a percentage basis. This can prove very costly. Our attorneys handle these matters on an hourly fee basis, which can result in significant savings for you.
Billing hourly affords you some flexibility to control costs. It also means that we only get paid for services we actually perform in the administration of the probate estate. This billing arrangement is especially advantageous with estate and probate administration of larger estates.
Get Legal Assistance From MPL Law
At MPL Law, we are committed to providing our clients with aggressive advocacy and strategic legal counsel. We will strive to earn and maintain your trust, and we will work to help you reach your goals for your case. Our Pennsylvania law firm has a reputation for getting results, and your attorney will provide empathy and care through every step of the process.
Are you seeking legal assistance from a probate and estate administration attorney? At MPL Law, we will advise you throughout the legal process. Contact us at MPL Law to schedule a consultation and case evaluation today.