Depending on how an estate is structured, you, as the personal representative (executor or trustee) will have to take care of the final administration and possibly probate of the estate. In this role, you will be required to collect and document all assets, pay off any debts, taxes or other expenses the decedent may owe and finally, you will need to distribute the assets in accordance with the terms of the will or trust. You have a fiduciary responsibility to the estate or trust and as such, you will be facing numerous challenges.
Why Hire An Attorney For Probate Administration
As the administrator or executor of an estate or successor trustee of a trust, your responsibilities start immediately after the decedent’s death. Collection of assets and notification to beneficiaries must contain specific legal language in order to be considered valid. In addition, there are deadlines for filing taxes and for notifications as well. Hiring a probate and trust administration attorney can help ensure the process goes smoothly and not put you, as personal representative, at any financial risk and minimize the chance of facing a contest of the will or trust. At Denton Law, L.L.C., I provide administrators, executors and trustees with a broad range of services including:
- Probate services
- Trust administration
- Estate and fiduciary tax return preparation
- Asset retitling
- Asset distribution
- Other estate administration services
- Trustee/beneficiary disputes
Hiring an attorney can help ensure you file all of the proper paperwork, that the notification to beneficiaries has the necessary legal language and you are meeting all of the required deadlines.
If you are facing the daunting task of handling the probate or trust administration of a loved one’s estate, feel free to contact Denton Law, L.L.C. at (720) 638-1605. I handle all types of probate and trust administrations in Lawrence, Kansas and Northeast Kansas, including the Kansas City metropolitan area. I also provide these services in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area and Grand County, Colorado area.