Skilled Guidance Concerning Your Probate And Estate Administration Matters
At the law offices of Lee Norton Bain, Attorney at Law, I provide quality and experienced estate and probate administration services to clients throughout Central Texas. With more than 30 years of legal experience, coupled with personalized and catered legal service, you will find that I am there to provide the thorough and one-on-one legal counsel you have been looking for.
The Probate And Estate Administration Process
Once a family member passes away, his or her estate (regardless of whether it contains a valid will or trust) must be handled in accordance with Texas probate laws. What is called estate administration, the assigned executor of an estate must make an inventory of all assets (both personal and real property) owned by the decedent. All debts are paid off and then the remaining assets are then designated accordingly to all beneficiaries. When there is no will, the estate must go through probate under intestate laws.
Estate administration can be quite a complicated process. Having an experienced Georgetown probate lawyer handle these matters for you is extremely beneficial. You can have peace of mind knowing that the estate is being handled by a legal professional and thoroughly managed.
As your attorney, I will make sure that your loved one’s estate is thoroughly accounted for and that the estate is executed in accordance with specified state laws as well as any valid will your loved one had in place. If you have been named the executor, I can also represent you and help you through what can be a time-consuming and complicated process.
I handle all types of probate and estate administration services, including:
- Necessary sale of real property of estate. In some instances, this may be necessary in order to settle debts and liabilities the estate faces.
- Appraisal of estate assets. Accounting for all assets during the probate process will prevent disputes from occurring later on.
- Identifying assets. Such identification will prevent assets from being lost. It will also assure that the intentions of the testator are fully carried out.
- Settling debts/liabilities with estate assets. While important to pay debts and liabilities the estate legally owes, it is also important for the estate to not pay off more than it is actually obligated to do.
- Paying any taxes owed (estate and income taxes). Any matter involving taxes will be complex. Mistakes in calculating taxes can lead to penalties and expense.
- Distributing remaining assets to proper beneficiaries. Doing this efficiently and effectively will prevent excessive costs.
- Will contests/disputes. By determining the intent of the testator of the will, many costly disputes can be avoided. I will negotiate with all parties to eliminate disputes as much as possible.
- Probate litigation. With over 30 years of experience in this area, I can be an effective advocate for you in court.
Contact Me Today — Free Consultation
It is never too early to start talking about estate law matters. Contact my office today to discuss your Texas probate and estate administration questions. I offer a free 30-minute consultation without obligation. You can reach me by phone at 512-686-4293 or 800-806-0754, or reach me via e-mail.