Indianapolis Probate Lawyers
Helping Personal Representatives Administer Estates
As Indianapolis probate lawyers, we help clients comply with their fiduciary obligations concerning estate administration.
We understand that if you have been named to be an estate administrator and have never served in such capacity before, you will likely have many questions concerning your legal duties. We will be there throughout the process to answer your questions and to assist in the estate distribution process.
What is Probate?
Probate is a court process concerning the administration of a person’s estate after death. The primary objective of probate is to ensure that all taxes and creditors are paid what they are owed, and that the remaining assets are distributed in accordance with the person’s will or Indiana intestacy law (if there is no will).
What is Involved in the Indiana
Probate and Estate Distribution Process?
The probate process typically includes:
- Filing the will with the probate court (if there is a will),
- Finding and collecting all the assets,
- Developing the best strategy for efficiently probating the estate,
- Notifying the beneficiaries and heirs,
- Notifying creditors and paying all claims and debts that are proper,
- Having final tax returns prepared and filed and paying any taxes due from the estate,
- Transferring assets from the estate to the beneficiaries in accordance with the will or intestate law.
How We Help Estate Administrators in Probate
Estate administration can be complex, especially when unexpected claims arise from potential creditors and disputes arise among heirs and beneficiaries. Administrators must carefully comply with all of their duties; if they do not, they risk being subject to a lawsuit by beneficiaries or others.
We have long helped Indiana administrators comply with their estate administration legal duties.
Call Us Today to Learn More About How We Can Help You Comply with Your Estate Administration Duties.