Probate is the process used to determine who is entitled to receive distributions of property, either according to the decedent’s will or according to the laws of intestate succession if there was no will.
The executor of a will is tasked with bringing it to the court to be deemed valid. The executor must contact all known creditors, including taxing authorities, and pay all valid debts on behalf of the decedent.
The probate process has advantages and disadvantages. At Marder, Roberson & DeFelice Law Offices, LLC, in Ellington, Connecticut, we help our estate planning clients understand the probate process and whether it is the right option for them to pass their assets on to their loved ones. It may be possible to place assets in estate planning tools such as a living trust, so they will pass directly to heirs without going through the probate process.
We Help Eliminate Delays And Disputes
If you have been named the executor of a will, ensuring that everything is handled properly is essential. Even a single mistake can result in delays and legal liabilities. Our experienced estate planning attorneys will oversee every aspect of probate for you to make sure you are in compliance with the relevant laws and fulfilling your fiduciary duties.
If there is a contested will or other estate litigation, it is not unheard of for this to consume most of the estate’s assets. We help our clients resolve disputes efficiently in order to preserve the estate’s assets.
We also represent heirs who wish to dispute the probate administration of a will, whether it is related to the validity or the interpretation of the will.
Our Tolland County probate lawyers welcome your questions regarding probate or any matter regarding estate planning and administration. Call 860-872-3000 or use our contact form to ask a question or schedule an appointment.