PROBATE AND TRUST ADMINISTRATION
We can assist you with:
- Steps in Probate
- Personal Representative and Trustee Representation
- Beneficiary Representation
- Trust Administration
- Will Administration
- Guardianships and Conservatorships
If you are a personal representative in charge of overseeing the probate of a will and you need guidance regarding disputes, estate taxes or other issues, one of our experienced estate planning attorneys can help. Feel free to contact us for a complimentary and confidential consultation by calling 480.998.0999 or by scheduling a consultation online.
Bredemann & Shellander, PLC offers comprehensive probate and trust administration. We have the experience to know that the trust administration process can be complicated and challenging. We have knowledge to represent you through this difficult time and to help provide an efficient transition of assets from the decedent’s estate to its beneficiaries. We can also assist with filing tax returns and court filings.
WHAT IS A PROBATE?
Probate is the process of proving a Will’s validity in court and implementing the Will’s. The process of gathering up the assets of a deceased person, paying debts and expenses, and distributing whatever assets remain is sometimes called “settling” an estate. Not every probate process is the same. Many people hear probate and automatically think of long, grown-out court proceedings, delayed distribution of assets and lots of expensive fees. However, that isn’t always the case. In fact, most probate proceedings can be done informally and are relatively painless.
There are three types of probate: formal, informal and supervised. Formal probate requires that significant steps in the probate process to be approve by the court at a hearing at which stakeholders may raise objections and can take much longer than informal probate. Formal probate is used when there is a dispute regarding the will, among the beneficiaries of the estate, or over some aspect or asset of the estate. family members. Informal probate is how most estates are settled. The process in informal probate is normally much shorter than in formal probate. You might not even have to set foot in a courtroom. Informal probate is also relatively inexpensive. Supervised probate happens when someone who has an interest in the estate, like a family member or creditor, requests that the court supervise each step of the probate.