The probate process can be complex; particularly if your loved one died without leaving a will, a trust, or other instructions as to the disposition of their estate. Even in cases where there is a will or trust, if you are named personal representative or successor trustee, you may not know what your responsibilities are to complete the estate administration. In situations like this, it is helpful to work with an attorney who can guide you through the process. There are important deadlines, notification requirements, and other filings, that must be completed.
In the instance where a loved one has a will, the administration process is straightforward; you file a petition with the court, they validate the will, and the court authorizes administration of the estate. When the decedent has created a trust, as trustee, you carry out the terms of the trust. Estate matters can be confusing when you are unfamiliar with the system, we provide the assistance, and guidance you need to carry out your responsibility, or if needed, you can assign the administration to our office.
Unfortunately, there may be challenges from the heirs of the estate; they may not approve of the choices or may dispute the validity of the will or trust. When this occurs, contact Cudic Law Firm, LLC for assistance. Whether you need assistance with the administration of an estate, or an heir is disputing the validity of the will or trust, we can help.