If you have been named the executor or personal representative of an estate, the responsibilities and obligations may seem overwhelming. It is your fiduciary duty to administer the estate in accordance with the decedent's wishes. An experienced estate planning lawyer can help you carry out your duties as effectively and efficiently as possible.
At BSLF, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience required to counsel executors and personal representatives with respect to the fiduciary matters that arise in connection with the probate and estate administration process. Our representation in these matters includes guidance for:
- Filing the necessary legal documentation to initiate and then later conclude the probate process
- Handling the payment of the decedent's debts
- Proving the validity of the decedent's will
- Distributing the assets of the estate in accordance with the decedent's wishes
- Preparing and filing the decedent's estate tax return
- Settling estate tax matters, including matters arising in connection with an estate tax audit
Assisting With the Probate of Wills
The probate of a will implements the instructions of the deceased, empowers the executor as the personal representative of the decedent's estate, and adjudicates the interests of heirs and others who may file claims against the estate or contest the validity of the Will.
Our attorneys can assist with every aspect of the probate process. If you are the executor of an estate, we will guide you through the probate process from start to finish. If you are an heir or other claimant, we will ensure that your interests are recognized and addressed.