Probate and Estate Administration

Probate and Estate Administration
Probate is the official process by which a deceased person’s will is proved and recorded as authentic and valid in Virginia. Probate is often complicated, frustrating, and confusing. In certain cases, it is not even necessary. My goal is to help those charged with this important task to determine what they must do to open the deceased’s estate (if necessary), distribute the deceased’s assets in accordance with Virginia law, keep the peace among those grieving, and to avoid mistakes, which can be costly and prolong the process. If a loved one or friend has named you as the person responsible for this task, please contact me today to learn how I might assist you with probate.

Similarly, once an individual is appointed as an agent, guardian, or conservator of another, that individual takes on certain legal duties and responsibilities. My goal is to help those serving in a fiduciary role avoid costly mistakes in the administration process. If a loved one or friend has named you as his or her agent under an advance medical directive or power of attorney, or if a court has appointed you as the guardian or conservator of a loved one, please contact me today to learn how I might assist you properly carry out your fiduciary role.

Trust Administration
Trust administration occurs after the death of an individual who creates a trust. The person named as a successor trustee in the trust is responsible for administering the trust, which consists of many important steps, including identifying the assets in the trust, contacting beneficiaries and creditors, and distributing assets in accordance with the terms of the trust to the beneficiaries. The successor trustee must take certain steps to properly administer the trust and avoid personal liability. Being a successor trustee will take a lot of work, but it is doable and it is important to remember that the person who created the trust thought you were up for the task. To learn how I might assist you with trust administration, please contact me today.