Estate Administration

After a loved one dies, there are some practical matters that must be tended to even while dealing with grief and loss. In addition to closing accounts and transferring assets, it might be necessary to change legal title to property such as real estate and cars. I can help guide you through this process.

If the estate is valued at less than $100,000, it might be possible to administer the estate using a Small Estate Affidavit. It’s important to make sure that the deceased person did not have debts in excess of their assets before executing and using a Small Estate Affidavit.

The formal court process for estate administration is called Probate. In probate, a Judge authorizes an Executor or Administrator to transfer and dispose of the deceased’s property and assets, with or without supervision, in accordance with the terms of the deceased person’s will or, if the deceased had no will, in accordance with the rules prescribed by law. In most cases, this is a formality so that the Executor has the legal authority to wrap up the deceased’s estate. Various documents need to be filed with the Court, and there are some hearings, but there usually isn’t any litigation.

If the deceased person had their assets in a Trust, the terms of the Trust Agreement dictate what happens to the assets owned by the Trust. The trustee, the person named in the Trust Agreement to have authority over the trust assets, must act in accordance with the terms of the Trust Agreement.

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